Submitted by LGB on 10. November 2012
I wonder how the Tesla S will perform on sustained downhills, like a down a mountain road. How much of the power used uphill will be regained?
I suspect the battery cooling in the Tesla S would help for sustained recharging. Driving in mountains, or places with lots of steep hills, this is quite important, and really where the EV is superior to fossil fuel vehicles (haven't yet heard of a car MAKING gas on a downhill ...)
How much can you brake and regenerate, before the disc brakes kick in? To me, the brakes on an EV should only be used for emergency stopping (and then every now and then, just to keep them alive and from corroding).
Thank you for your input