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Efficiency ball in Gen 2?

3677 Views 18 Replies 13 Participants Last post by  flyingsherpa
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?
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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.

Why avoiding regen?
"EcoCoast paddle" I like that idea!
Patent it, quick!
I rented a Buick LaCrosse a couple months ago when I was in Montana for a week and it had a nice heads up display. Given that the speed limit is 80 mph and it seemed to be pretty much ignored, I was checking my speed fairly frequently and the HUD was really nice to have. I wonder how soon the Volt will have a similar feature, possibly programmable to include the green efficiency ball if you choose.
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