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  1. regenerative braking/dump coil

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Since July of 2011 I have been driving my Volt alternating between D and L thinking that the much faster slow down in L was the result of more power being sent to the battery. Also, for some reason, I assumed the mechanical brakes were 100% separate and disconnected from the regenerate braking...
  2. regenerative breaking question

    Generation 2 Volt (2016-2020)
    I have a 2018 volt, and so far I like it a lot. Question about regenerative braking: Is the regenerative braking in L-mode additive? I prefer to drive the car in L-mode, which lets me control the amount of generative "engine" braking with the gas pedal. Often that is not sufficient and I use...
  3. Regenerative braking questions

    Generation 2 Volt (2016-2020)
    I am a new Volt owner and have a question about regenerative braking. When regenerative braking is engaged with the steering wheel paddle, does this result in brake pad wear or is the braking accomplished through some other means? Loving my Volt!
  4. Bolt EV Regen in "D" vs. "L" modes

    Chevy Bolt EV Discussion, News, Reviews & Events
    I'm interested to find out how well regen performs using the brake pedal in "D" mode vs. using "L" mode with no pedal. We know that the Bolt will do regen with the brake pedal, but is it as much as you can get in "L" mode? So if there are any Bolt EV owners out there who are willing to check...
  5. Battery Health - Can Regenerative Braking Overcharge a Full SOC Battery?

    Care, Maintenance & Service - Gen2 Volt
    I've had my new 2017 Volt for several weeks now and I've run into a slight concern. I live at the top of a fairly sizable hill/mountain, which means that when I leave home, I start my trip with a good run of driving in L and/or with light to moderate use of the break pedal on the way down. (It's...
  6. Proper Use Of "L" Drive Setting

    Newcomers to GM-VOLT.COM (See here for FAQs)
    Can someone explain the "rules" for using the "L" position on a 2013 Volt? It appears that it cannot be used for regen over 40 mph. When can "L" be selected without harming the transmission? Is it more efficient to use "L" than "D" in normal city driving if you can tolerate the stronger regen...
  7. Ticket for Brake Lights on Volt Driving in Low

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    So, I had an interesting thing happen to me this week. I got a ticket in the Volt because I was driving in Low and using regeneration to slow down for a stop light and not using the brake pedal much. The cop that pulled me over asked if there was anything wrong with the brakes in the car and I...
  8. When in gas mode, what happens to the electricity from regenerative braking?

    Chevy Volt Engineering and Design
    When in gas mode, what happens to the electricity from regenerative braking? I drive up and down a 3 mile long 800 foot high grade every day to work and typically get 5-8 miles back when coming down. But sometimes I have to run errands before coming back down the grade and run out of all...
  9. Easy Shift from "D" to "L"

    Suggestions for GM - Chevy Volt
    Hi there, I am not sure if this has already been suggested. But as a 2012 Volt owner who will most likely buy the next gen Volt I would like to suggest the following. I switch back and forth between "D" and "L" to recover energy and reduce break use. It will be neat to have a button on the...
  10. Regen braking efficiency of the FFE: 95%

    Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    In a recent trip, my friend Slyastro (who owns a Ford Focus Electric and a 2012 Volt) did a climb of Mt. Washington autoroad with his FFE. He started at the bottom of the hill, freshly fully recharged, climbed to the top , took a picture of his energy screen : We can see that he had driven...
  11. Is the reported kWh used accurate? Regeneration decreases the reported kWh used

    Li-Ion Battery, Charging, Mgmt System - Chevy Volt
    I've only had the Volt for a few weeks and on a drive this morning up and down a mountainous windy road, I noticed that the kWh used that is reported on the dash decreased as I was using the regenerative brakes on a decline. I was driving is Sports mode and L gear. This is interesting but...
  12. "The Green Ball"

    Suggestions for GM - Chevy Volt
    I drive a Volt and also BMW's ActiveE. The ActiveE's speedometer style "Charge-Ready-Discharge" dial is extreemly useful in maximizing regenerative braking. By watching that dial in conjunction with the accelerator I can increase my range from 3 to 3.5 and even 4 miles per KWh. The Volt's Green...
  13. Driving in Low - Poll and Compilation of Threads

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    I could not find a poll on driving in Low, so what the heck... Here goes! And for your reading pleasure, this may be the best post I've ever read on the subject, because it has real data and great graphs...
  14. Improving the Power Flow Display

    Suggestions for GM - Chevy Volt
    The Power Flow Display shows the direction of flow but not the intensity (amount), so as you vary the accelerator you can't tell when you're approaching the switchover point between discharge and regen. In the old Honda Insight the main display (your eyes can stay on the road as you view it)...