LeftieBiker wrote:How is it different from driving a standard shift car in one of the low gears, and taking your foot off the gas...?
Yeah, LEAF regen isn't any stronger than 3rd-gear engine braking on most of the manual-transmission cars I've had, even though most of them had engines of less than 2 Liter displacement.
That said, motorists seem to have become increasingly impatient over the last decade or so. Perhaps it's just the ubiquity of antilock brakes and directional stability systems that allows them to feel safe while cutting things closer. In any case as EVs become more mainstream it's probably a good idea for the DOT to come up with some rate of regen-induced deceleration past which a brake light must be activated. The EV knows speed and regen intensity and can easily calculate deceleration rate. A standard for brake-light activation would be a good thing.