How Driving Over Potholes Could Save You Fuel

UK PotholesA new type of shock absorber currently under developed by American based Levant Power Corporation converts the bumps and rattles from vehicles driving on rough roads into usable electricity.

Known as GenShocks, the shock absorbers use the harsh impact from a bumpy ride to power a number of vehicle devices such as the car’s alternator, headlights, windscreen wipers, and sound system.

This in turn means that less fuel is needed in order to power these electronics, saving you money.

Normal car shock absorbers are designed to dissipate the energy of bouncing vehicles as heat, whereas these new shock absorbers use this kinetic energy to generate watts and putting the electricity to use powering the vehicle itself.

Levant Power Corporation’s chief executive, Shakeel Avadhany, said: “At the moment shock absorbers are a simple device, which allows a driver to maintain control when a car is driven over a pothole”.

“But they only generate heat, the GenShocks will also generate electricity,” he added. “We believe that they would cover their cost within 18 to 20 months”.

The new shock absorbers will look just like ordinary shock absorbers with an electrical power cord at one end. This power cord is then plugged into a power box that is used to regulate the electricity that is produced, making sure it is outputted at a voltage required by the vehicle.

GenShocks are expected to go on sale in the US in 2011.

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