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>Remember how using the brakes in a hybrid car can recharge the battery? That was a novel idea a few years ago, now here is a new one. In keeping with the same notion of using otherwise wasted energy from your car, shock absorbers can now create new juice to extend the battery life of your hybrid or electric car. Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with absorbers that are linked to your car’s electrical system to recharge the battery using the energy from bumps in the road – Combined with the braking technology cars are shaping up to be down right efficient. Shocker!