UK media is reporting Audi is currently developing a high-tech power-generating suspension system.

UK media is reporting Audi is currently developing a high-tech power-generating suspension system.

Auto Express is citing Audi's research & development chief Ulrich Hackenberg who said during the launch of the A3 e-tron the company is working on a "generator suspension." The generator is incorporated in the damper and it’s spun as the suspension compresses while driving on a bumpy road which can increase the temperature of the damper to 100-125 degrees Celsius.

The gathered electrical energy is then stored in batteries for powering the vehicle's hybrid system or for providing more energy to the ancillary electrical systems. This hardware setup would lower fuel consumption as well as diminish resistance on the combustion engine. Such a system could also be tailored to performance cars since it can offer "an independently variable suspension" by sending energy back into the damper.

Chances are we will have to wait at least several years until a production car will be offered with this technology.

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