Actually, we move the stick to "R". The car will beep at you and go immediately to neutral, no waiting necessary.jlsoaz wrote:Some drivers seem to be getting significantly higher efficiency from their vehicles by coasting in neutral on the highway and elsewhere. They do this by holding the stick to the N position for a couple of seconds.
Several good ideas here in this thread.garygid wrote:These should be preference options, perhaps activated by the driver's RFID number.
Some want more regen with foot-off driving, others want less.
Make it a variable preference setting.
It sounds like you haven't looked at the power use screen, or even the bubbles in the dash that indicate power use.jlsoaz wrote:Come to think of it, I was a bit surprised when I first tried the D mode and it felt like letting off the accelerator didn't result in going to 0 kW power expenditure.... ? I haven't had time to step out and research this, but I don't think it does.
I think it's important that Nissan give serious consideration to the various ways to implement this, and then - if it becomes clear that efficiency and range could be readily increased for all drivers - explore a way that would be clear and easy enough so that it might get their EPA range number up.
The Honda Fit EV does not go to neutral, but in the ECON mode, with Drive selected, the regen level is very low. The motor is also limited to 63 Hp, and the Cruise Control lets the speed vary +- 5 miles per hour reducing peak battery drain. If the terrain does take a sharp dip the regen will increase to keep the car from running away (Grade Logic Regen), while allowing instant acceleration if needed, and Servo Brake reduces Friction to Regen ratio. Additionally, ECON reduces the A/C and Heater draw and lets temp vary more widely. Honda claims ~15% overall improvement. I was able to get 6.2mi/kWh from 17kWh available battery (105 miles) including a 4,000 foot climb/decent. Also works well over rolling terrain. Very efficient.jlsoaz wrote:...Does anyone know if other EV manufacturers (Tesla? Honda?) offer a hassle-free energy-saving ability to coast in neutral and then go back to instant-on power as needed? Is this part of how Honda is able to attain excellent mpge? ...
I read about one EV with a control on the steering wheel to increase or decrease regen. I don't remember which car it was, but it sounds like exactly what I'd like.Caracalover wrote:It would be great to have a no regeneration switch. With it on you gain no energy, with it off you then gain as much as the modes you are in allow.