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When looking at the Mazda 3 model, there are several different transmissions available, one of which features i-ELOOP technology. This innovative technology is designed to dramatically reduce the impact that your Mazda has on the environment. It works to recover kinetic energy when you brake or decelerate. The system then stores this energy to use it later as electricity to power smaller systems like audio, climate control, or headlights. This means that your Mazda 3’s engine won’t need to waste fuel in the future to generate the electricity needed to run these systems, reducing your fuel consumption.

2016 Mazda 3 Safety and i-ELOOP Basic Process

To better understand the basic functionality of i-ELOOP and the role it plays in efficiency and safety in models like the Mazda 3, consider the basic components and mechanism. When you release the accelerator in a car without i-ELOOP, the energy is simply wasted, dissipating. In a model with i-ELOOP, the rotating of your Mazda’s tires will drive a high-performance alternator. This alternator then generates electricity that gets send to a special capacitor. This entire process takes place during deceleration, or when you release the accelerator.

When you are accelerating in your Mazda 3, your alternator will turn off as soon as you press down on the accelerator pedal. When this happens, the capacitor will bring the electricity it has stored to your vehicle’s electronic components. This means that your engine won’t have to produce electricity to accomplish this task, boosting your fuel economy.

2016 Mazda 3 Safety by Understanding i-ELOOP

While the above explanation gives you a fairly good understanding of the i-ELOOP system and how it works, there is more information available. Mazda divides the functions of the i-ELOOP system into three functions: use, storage, and regeneration. When developing the system, they wanted to maximize the efficiency with which it stores and generates electricity. This is necessary because the amount of time in which your 2016 Mazda 3 safety and power system decelerates is so short, giving a limited window of opportunity to harvest the energy from this action. In creating a system that quickly recaptures kinetic energy, turns it into electricity, and stores it, Mazda relies on a variable voltage alternator along with an EDLC, an electric double layer capacitor, with a low resistance and high capacity.

The capacitor in the 2016 Mazda 3 safety and i-ELOOP system is unique in that it stores energy as electricity as opposed to working through a chemical reaction like a traditional battery does. This allows it to safely discharge and charge a large quantity of electricity in a short amount of time. For added safety, this system minimizes electrode deterioration even during prolonged use.

i-ELOOP Availability on the Mazda 3

It is very simple to include i-ELOOP technology in your 2016 Mazda 3 safety features. Simply choose the SkyActive-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with i-ELOOP when configuring your vehicle. This system comes as part of the Technology Package that is available with the GT trim level, giving you the option of either the Mazda 3 or the Mazda 3 Sport.

 

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