dthwaite wrote:I think it would be simpler to always have maximum regenerative braking and just have the "eco" mode to dampen acceleration/limit aircon as it does. With "b mode" you get two levels of regen which is extra superfluous.
I find it tedious always to select "b mode" (its not the default) and I also find it disconcerting that the regen is significantly lessened when the battery is full, so my driving experience is materially altered for no good reason (hey, why's the car not slowing down? oh, battery full).
You can always reduce/control the regen braking effect by keeping your foot lightly on the accelerator. I also think the regen slowing is more similar to engine braking in cylinder cars .
The only reason I can think of having no (or less) regen is perhaps there being some regulatory requirement that lifting your foot of the accelerator pedal should not induce too much braking? Or maybe the brake lights don't go on in max regen mode? But I should think they would go on triggered by the rate of deceleration rather than by what means was used to slow the car.
What do others think?
This is my very first post.
I brought LEAF (Chinese version Venucia e30) one year ago.
We don't have the ECO button on the steering wheel instead on the shifter we have "D" and "ECO" mode.
Our "ECO" mode = Your "ECO"+"B"
Our "D" mode = Your "Non ECO"+"D"
And yes the car remember your last choice.
I agree there are drives have no clue what "ECO","None ECO","D","B" means (I personally know people driving this car for month without knowing there is a "ECO" mode).
I personally love your "B" mode, but I hate "ECO" slow down the paddle response make the car feel less agile and nimble(And there is no cruise control option in China).
So I order the steering wheel button assembly from Japan and a cruise control module for Nissan ICE car.
Retrofitting on my car:
It's true for a experienced driver if you turn off or dail down break regen you have more mileage.
Especially on the high way if you drive downhill coasting change POTENTIAL energy to KINETIC (height -> speed) is much more efficient then charging your battery (efficiency < 40%).
According to the LEAF service manual:
Leaf is capable of 80kw of out put and 24kw of break regen.
On the power meter of the instrument panel:
Each dot on the right side(Power Output) represent 8kw of energy (10 dots in total).
Each dot on the left side(Power Regen) represent 6kw of energy (4 dots in total).
YES Nissan also change the logo front and back of rebranded leaf in china.
Which I changed back to the original outlook.
Also Chinese version of leaf have spare tire and rear fog light:
Maybe I'll create a dedicated thread for those who interested in Chinese leaf owner.
And yes there are thousand of us and we are having fun: