tonymil wrote:I've also noticed that whatever mode your in, regen stops when you reach about 9 mph.
I think this is due to the 'creep mode' they stuck us with trying to emulate the action of an ICE with an auto trans - When you get below a certain speed, the regen stops because the motor is being fed a voltage at that point. I'd surely disable this if I was a programmer - I sure don't understand the need for the motor trying to move the car until I press hard on the brake pedal. It should quit using juice as soon as I release the accelerator, IMO - It doesn't need to keep trying to creep forward unless I direct it to!!
As for coasting, well doesn't that just mean maintaining your speed and not accelerating when you're on a downslope? I find it easy enough to do that by adjusting the pressure on the accelerator rather than popping into neutral. And on severe downslopes, B mode is perfect for maintaining speed while using regen
Yes, 'coasting' to me is the car moving without using any energy and I can easily do that just by modulating the pedal. Using 'B' mode, I can easily 'adjust' my 'coasting' to speed up just a touch or slow down just a bit when needed. I never shift to neutral
I really think it comes down to personal preference as to which mode you use for driving and slowing down, as long as you're not using the brake before you get to 9 mph you're getting maximum regen and I think maximum range.
Agreed - What works so well for me may not be ideal for everyone. I am so used to manual transmission cars (they're all I've ever owned over the past 50 years) that I don't have any ICE auto trans bad habits. For those who have never owned a manual trans vehicle, driving the iMiEV the way I do would probably take lots more concentrationthn they would be comfortable with, while for me it's completely second nature