kovalb
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Re: brake mode = brake light?

Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:15 pm

GregH wrote:The Leaf is the only EV I've ever driven that so obnoxiously limits regen at high SOCs. Try taking a Chevy Volt with a full charge and throw it in "B" mode.. now THAT is regen.. Even at low SOCs the Leaf regen is kindof wimpy.
The Volt is a hybrid and uses engine braking when the battery is full. The LEAF makes as much use of its battery capacity as it reasonably can which does not leave room for dumping regen energy into it at 100% SOC.

The 13MY B-mode does increase regen over what we are all used to with ECO-mode. I would prefer it be even higher, but at least it is easy to control. I find the regen in the Mini E and Mitsubishi B-mode to be difficult to control.
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leafedbehind
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Re: brake mode = brake light?

Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:19 pm

FWIW, the Fit EV has quite strong regen in "B" mode, especially when going downhill, even at 100% SOC. I don't believe the brake lights ever light up.
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GregH
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Re: brake mode = brake light?

Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:57 pm

kovalb wrote:The LEAF makes as much use of its battery capacity as it reasonably can which does not leave room for dumping regen energy into it at 100% SOC.
Respectfully disagree... Leaf only charges to 4.1V/cell, 95% by its own estimation. Surely it could take a few seconds of surge for some strong regen at "full"... Maybe not for going down a long hill, but certainly for a normal braking event. Many other EVs do.
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