How do hybrid cars charge their batteries as you are driving?



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    Surprisingly, hybrid cars and normal gasoline cars use the same system to recharge their batteries while driving. This process is called regenerative braking. While a car is coasting or breaking, the motor is basically working in reverse, and in doing so is creating friction. If your car has a regenerative braking system it will take this friction and convert it back into energy to recharge the cars battery. This is not always the case for cars, some cars use dynamic braking, which turns the friction into heat and not electricity. Also, some hybrids (plug-in hybrids) need their more powerful batteries to be charged at home by plugging the battery in at night. 

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