You're right, I think, although braking lightly to avoid using friction braking will maximize the regen much more than "slamming on the brakes". I'd look at the mpk numbers rather than the trees to determine whether you're doing a good job. Trying to "win" the rankings is probably pointless.TaylorSFGuy wrote:I presume this relates to braking only and not downhill initeria driven regeneration. If that is correct, to me having a lower braking number means you have successfully avoided using the brakes by letting the ECO mode do what it does when you let off. Having a high number means you have run up to a stop light and slammed on the brakes doesn't it? Perhaps my whole understanding of what this signifies is incorrect. I have been trying to avoid using the brakes and end up way down in the rankings.
Is that 5 m/kwh on Leaf dash or in carwings ? Carwings is substantially higher (and wrong). Last month my average m/kwh on the dash was 4.6 - but in carwings it was 6.0.TaylorSFGuy wrote:I am running 130+ miles and 5+ plus trees a day. You are right that most drivers probably avoid slamming on brakes but the harder you push the more regeneration dots are displayed. i'm still learning how to use the car and am struggling to get my M/kwh average above 5.
I'd bet that the guy following you on a 2-lane road, or trying to use his cruise control cares.gbarry42 wrote:When I looked at Carwings' numbers, it was clear that some of those were simply unrealistic. This suggests there are ways to "game the system". I think it may do some of the ratings based on "a trip". So if you turn the car on, coast down a long hill, and turn the car off at the bottom, you just scored an incredible rating on that trip. That's a guess, but I suspect I'm not far off.
As for regenerative braking, in the real world, regen is regen. The drag you get when you take your foot off the pedal is the same thing you'd get if you didn't have that and instead, lightly applied the brakes. Either way, it slows the car down, and it does so by generating juice back into the battery. Regen is better than friction brakes, but it's not as good as not needing help to slow down in the first place. You can do that by not going too fast in the first place. Of course, on hills, you probably don't have a choice, unless you can avoid having to go up the hill in the first place.
Unfortunately, some of the games like the rankings, and the "trees", seem to encourage using regen. This could result in some non-ideal driving habits. But, hey, having a LEAF is just so much cooler than anything else, who cares how you drive it?