Question: Wife HATES "regenerative braking" feature on Model S Test Drive...

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I've never driven a tesla so sorry for my ignorant question but if ur on the freeway and someone brakes hard immediately in front of me, I'm supposed to take my foot off the accelerator instead of slamming on the brakes?
 

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I've never driven a tesla so sorry for my ignorant question but if ur on the freeway and someone brakes hard immediately in front of me, I'm supposed to take my foot off the accelerator instead of slamming on the brakes?
By all means slam on the brake. That probably also means taking your foot off the accelerator, which will apply regenerative braking, but you need more braking that can only be supplied by the brake pedal.
 

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I've never driven a tesla so sorry for my ignorant question but if ur on the freeway and someone brakes hard immediately in front of me, I'm supposed to take my foot off the accelerator instead of slamming on the brakes?
Taking your foot off of the accelerator and not placing it on the brake is for gradually slowing down.

If you've ever driven a manual transmission vehicle it's a similar concept to downshifting and rowing through the gears to engine brake rather than using the brake pedal.

If you need to stop fast you're still going to be stepping on the brake pedal as hard as you need to.

The only difference is that it's not like an automatic ICE car where it continues to glide forward when you lift from the accelerator.
 
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And don't forget, the car will come standard with automatic emergency braking, which will likely kick in before you can move your foot.
Hey John, so this is truly standard, not part of the normal advanced/self driving features?! I dont plan on adding any of the self driving/autopilot on my initial order. I'm going to pay the $1000 upcharge in the future and add it at the Tesla shop.
 

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Hey John, so this is truly standard, not part of the normal advanced/self driving features?! I dont plan on adding any of the self driving/autopilot on my initial order. I'm going to pay the $1000 upcharge in the future and add it at the Tesla shop.
Just to give you the visual proof to what @garsh confirmed above. Check it out for yourself right from the design studio (left hand side)!

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That would be nice if true.

My Leaf drops regen permanently once it hits a bump. You have to completely take your foot off the brake before regen will start working again. Quite annoying.
My 2014 LEAF does not have that problem, odd. There is a slight acceleration or deceleration when I go over a bump due to it affecting how far the pedal is depressed (significantly more noticeable in non-eco mode), but it has never actually stopped regeneration (I confirmed that by checking the "power" meter on the dash as well as the eco power distribution page in the center console when I first noticed the slight oddity when going over a bump).
 

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My 2014 LEAF does not have that problem, odd.
You probably just haven't hit a big pothole/bump while braking down a really steep hill. There are a couple roads in particular where this tends to be an issue for me.
 

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@TrevP you mentioned in today's video that the i3 has very strong Regen. Is it a lot greater than in an S? I particularly like strong Regen and the ability to quickly come to a stop or feather the Regen a bit when not so much is needed. I'll be testing an S out next week so I'll pay more attention to that aspect.
 

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Yeah, I feel it's stronger than the Model S. Don't forget the i3 is pretty light compared to the S so I'm sure that's accentuating the effect. At least on the S you can chose something lighter but you can't on the i3