Regenerative braking will change the way people drive - but will it also change the braking industry?
Conventional brakes work by clamping a set of friction pads onto a disc on the wheel hub. The result of this friction is wear and tear, so pads and discs need to be replaced at frequent intervals. Regenerative braking means those components may last the lifetime of the vehicle - so the OE braking business will not change, but the aftermarket will do. Food for thought from The Economist: