Regenerative braking needs subtle warning

Regenerative braking needs subtle warning

I took delivery of my 60KW S today. Love it. The regenerative braking fits my driving style but I need to be aware of traffic behind me since the brake lights do not turn on when I lift off the accelerator. This might cause a rear end collision if the person behind me is tailgating. Maybe adding some subtle warning like a short flashing yellow from the LED brake light bar would be good.

DouglasR | 23. April 2013

The brake lights do go on when the car slows sufficiently from regen.

pylt | 23. April 2013 | 23. April 2013

Your brake lights come on when you decelerate. Your animated car image on the center screen will reflect when your brake lights are on.

Sudre_ | 23. April 2013

Why do so many people just assume they don't come on?

David Trushin | 23. April 2013

There are more and more new people getting cars and they are going through the same learning curve the veterans did.

jalesse | 23. April 2013

Well I'll be darn. Even though the owner's manual doesn't mention it, brake lights do come on, and the car on the charge settings screen does indeed show the brake lights lit when they are being applied.

Thanks | 23. April 2013

Your welcome-- you will enjoy!

StefanT | 23. April 2013

When I first got my car I was worried about the same thing since the vehicles behind me would close in while I was decelerating. Now I am convince they are just puzzling over what the heck is in front of them and don't notice the brake lights. Maybe a larger logo on the back of the car might keep them at a safer distance.

Brian H | 24. April 2013

Once you've slowed, they probably assume it's safe to follow more closely.

Mark Z | 24. April 2013

The rear camera shows the brake lights and turn signals at night, especially when driving on concrete road surfaces.

JaneW | 24. April 2013

Having driven a Roadster for three years I can tell you that people zoom up behind you to find out what you are, or to get a closer look, and then back off. Happens all the time. If you think it's bothersome in a Model S, think how terrifying it can be in a Roadster when an Escalante gets on your bumper!

Brian H | 24. April 2013

Or a ramshackle raised pick-up!

ian | 25. April 2013

@JaneW - Escalante? Would that be the city in Utah, the National Monument, or the deceased Bolivian actor? ;-)

Perhaps you meant Escalade?

Gotta love autofill on our mobile devices! Hahaha!


derek | 25. April 2013

By Escalante, I'm pretty sure she meant the Canyonero:

Brian H | 25. April 2013

Oog. Not one of his better efforts.

murraypetera | 25. April 2013

An indicator on the dash as an option would nice. In an ice you know exactly when the break lights are on. In MS it happens by breaks and by computer. It is always nice to know when.

DickB | 25. April 2013

I’ve notice on my Model S when the regen is set to low the brake lights do not come on. The MS will act just like a regular car that give you engine braking when you let off the throttle. Also in the regen low setting you do not feel your body going forward once you let off the throttle, so no brake lights.

In the standard regen setting (which I use all the time) the brake lights will come on once you feel your body going forward. I think TM did a good job on both settings. I would like one higher setting that you could use when you have a heavy foot.

DouglasR | 25. April 2013

Isn't Escalante the guy who chooses the coffee for Savarin?

elguapo | 25. April 2013

I'd like to have "break" lights in the office, but I think "brake" lights are better on cars.

Brian H | 25. April 2013

Dick B;
Apparently there is no heavier setting possible. 60kW regen is all she wrote. Feels heavier in the Roadster because it's lighter.