Why avoiding regen?
LDB, to get the best AER, it is better to coast to a stop if you aren't going to hold up the people behind you in traffic. Regen is 50-60% efficient (75% in some situations?) but coasting is near 100% effective in not using any juice in the first place. Getting the best range only works, though, if you aren't going to make everyone around you hate electric cars even more because many ICE drivers don't mind rabbiting it around by gunning it out of the stop light light and slamming on the brakes at the next red light. They got tons of range and most don't realize that they are killing their mpg, or don't care.
The drivers screen was probably in Modern Enhanced mode. If you put it in Classic Enhanced mode there is a green ball on the left side.Is the green ball for efficiency that GM put on the Gen 1 on the Gen 2 cars? Took a Gen 2 car for a test drive yesterday and there was no green ball in front of me to keep in the middle for max efficiency.
Am I missing something?
LOL! I suppose then I'm not supposed to look at the speedometer either then. Must be a blast driving up there! LOLYou're supposed to be watching the road. Please stay away from northern Illinois. We have enough trouble with drunks and cell addicts who refuse to obey the law.
A glance at the speedo is different from playing the green ball video game. How do I know? I've caught myself playing that game.LOL! I suppose then I'm not supposed to look at the speedometer either then. Must be a blast driving up there! LOL
Thanks to everyone for the information. Mister Dave, I really expected better from you. I have a gen 1 and was out test driving a gen 2 with my sister who is thinking of purchasing and was telling her about the efficiency ball as she wants to get the maximum range from the car for her daily commute.
I couldn't find the efficiency ball in the gen2.
I am kind of in agreement here with Mister Dave. On one hand EVs (And Hybrids) do have the neat advantage of 'teaching' drivers to be more efficient in their driving habits with feedback gauges and data. On the other hand, turning driving into an achievement badge earning video game is a slippery slope towards distracted driving. I'm not entirely sure where the correct balance is, but I'm wary to tilting too far to the latter.A glance at the speedo is different from playing the green ball video game. How do I know? I've caught myself playing that game.)
Every time? If I'm approaching a stoplight going 40mph, I have to come to a stop no matter what. You're saying it's better to coast to the stop (gaining 0% energy back) than use regen (get 65% back)? I don't agree...Regen is only around 65% efficient... Thus, every time you have to use it, you are throwing away energy... No regen or brakes is the most efficient.