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February 17, 2009

Students At MIT Shocking The Auto Industry

Genshock Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new shock absorber that could revolutionize the way people power their cars. Introducing the GenShock, a shock absorber that creates a smoother ride and captures energy through the oscillation of a cars suspension system. The shock absorbers work by forcing hydraulic fluid through a turbine that is hooked up to a generator. The creators of the regenerative shock absorbers claim that their product can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 10%, and that a heavy duty truck sporting six GenShocks can produce and capture enough energy to completely replace the alternator. The initial target market for the GenShock will be commercial trucks and military vehicles with hopes to develop the technology further for passenger cars later on. 

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