Higher efficiency is partially higher regen for sure. The REAL question is "will that regen still be awesome with 8 bars?" If so, I can see buying my 40 kwh LEAF even with a 5% (previously unacceptable in shorter range LEAFs) annual degradation.
I measured 67 KW in regen coming down Snoqualmie. But the best part is the regen is also higher in B mode as well. Not as much as E Pedal but definitely much higher than my previous 24 and 30 kwh LEAFs.
And despite all that; I am averaging 4 mph higher on freeway jaunts. Granted this is a bit "clouded" because my old job forced me to coming home during peak traffic messes for LONG stretches while the new job has the same traffic issues but for only 6 miles of freeway.
But I did have my 2018 for two months before changing jobs and despite it being Winter (greatest efficiency variability) I started seeing my "target" 4.5 miles per kwh even on days that should have been in the low 4's.
2011 SL; 44,598 miles. 2013 S; 44,840 miles.2016 S30 deceased
. 29,413 miles. 2018 S40; 15,000 miles, 478 GIDs, 37.0 kwh 109.81 Ahr , SOH 94.61, Hx 120.15
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