DougWantsALeaf wrote:Is the cruise any more efficient in the newer leaf? In my 2013 I always found I did better with it off and carefully managing the throttle, especially on inclines allowing a bit of speed drift on the ups, and more coast on the downs.
I always wanted a constant power cruise (Ex: 10 kW per hour) rather then a speed.
Exactly! When I first read of adaptive cruise control I hoped it was something like that but alas no. Even with ICE vehicles, I had wanted a cruise you could program. You'd set a maximum deviation from set speed(different settings for over or under would be nice) so the cruise wouldn't basically floor the car when going up a hill and would be allowed to slightly gain speed when going down a hill. The closest to this on ICE vehicles were the old(dangerous) dash mounted throttle but going up a steep hill it could drastically lose speed and going down a hill could go way over normal. I agree with an EV it seems like it would be easier to say set if for 10kW per hour or whatever you wanted. Of course without limits it would still be subject to slow uphills and crazy fast downhills