LEAFfan wrote: I disagree in city driving. I use ECO all the time and have achieved 6.7m/Kwh. Can you duplicate that in 'D'?
I have to admit, I don't try to maximize range all that hard. I likely can but won't. You do with a heavy foot what I do with a light foot, accelerate slowly. When I try to go 35 on flat ground, and let off in ECO, I slow to 30 or less quickly, requiring me to push the pedal down and use energy again to regain that speed. In D I can pull my foot off and not lose as much speed, so it works better for me. I drive for a living and the right foot gets enough of a work out so I prefer to let the "transmission" do the work, like you I hardly ever use the brakes. It amazes me how people (in ICE) ride the brake coming down the mountain roads, I often wonder who taught them to drive. In the Leaf I can alternate between Eco, D, and N and keep up or pass people using no energy and even gaining regen - such a cool thing to do. I just don't spare the juice much since I don't have to. I am getting over 4 even so, although I hardly ever reset that meter. Doesn't the Leaf feel heavier when starting out in Eco? In D it moves with less friction feel, so while it requires more touch control to not use excess power, the car rolls easier, so it should use less energy. For instance, stop on a down grade and put the car in N, allowing it to roll using no power and see what speed you acquire at a given spot. Go back and do the same thing in D, monitor how much speed you gain and how much you regen, if any. Then try ECO. Use no pedal for any of these tests, and I think you will see my point. On some grades in Eco you won't move beyond creep, so you are not gaining Kinetic energy or regen. You can likely press the accelerator and get to a false N to get it to move using no energy, other than the pressure you are using on the pedal. I just can't feather my foot to not get heavy regen when I want light or no regen in ECO mode, and I think many drivers will find it hard to do as well.
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