MikeBoxwell wrote:The Tesla Roadster handles regenerative braking in a very different way. You take your foot off the accelerator and the regenerative braking kicks in straight away. Leave your foot off the accelerator and the car will just come to a halt. If you use the brake pedal, that just activates the mechanical brakes. Basically, you don't need to use the brake pedal at all in most driving - just the accelerator.
I like the Tesla principal -- I would not complain if that's how the LEAF ended up doing it. I have driven the Roadster. For anyone who hasn't ... look for a Tesla Store near you; they're pretty generous about test drives. And just so that the "... will just come to a halt.
" does not create false impressions ... as mentioned elsewhere, your right foot has full control of the deceleration (=regen=charging the battery), but even in the case of accidental (?unintended?) complete pedal-lift, the Roadster goes from 60-15 (mph) in about 700feet (without brake lining wear
and just in time for you to take that turn you were planning ...). So, yes, it's strong, but not an emergency braking kind of maneuver. This also means (in reply to a comment somewhere) that the regen braking is not strong enough to propel your body forward and/or cause you to push back on the accelerator pedal. You definitely feel it, though. (The "Tesla regen-principal" might come in handy in an emergency
think medical emergency ...
Another interesting result of the "Tesla way of doing it" (Mini-E does it that way too
): When on cruise control down a long hill .... the regen is strong enough that the car won't accelerate, yet you're getting the benefit of some very massive battery charging