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The electric vehicle and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle industry is a market for new battery charging techniques.
Honda's Insight is a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, which couples a 1.0 liter, 3-cylinder engine with an electric motor. This vehicle requires no external power supply for recharging. Batteries are recharged by regenerative braking; energy from forward momentum is captured during braking and is then used to recharge the batteries.
GM/Saturn's EV1 offers two battery technologies: a 26 valve-regulated high-capacity lead-acid (PbA) batteries are or a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack for the Gen II model. The EV1 is charged with inductive charging. With a 220-volt charger, charging from 0 to 100% for the new lead-acid pack takes up to 5.5 to 6 hours. Charging for the nickel-metal hydride pack, which stores more energy, is 6 to 8 hours.
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