Model 3

Regenerative Braking: Standard or Low?

edited November -1 in Model 3
Good morning all,

I'm curious as to what most people select for their regenerative braking. Do you prefer Standard or Low, and why? Do you notice a substantial gain in range on Standard?

Thanks!
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  • edited June 2019
    standard, of course
    Recharges the battery more efficiently
  • edited June 2019
    Standard and it isn't even close.
  • edited June 2019
    Standard - I get annoyed everytime I have to use my brakes.
  • edited June 2019
    Since Tesla does not use a blended braking system like other EV's, standard regen is pretty much a requirement if you don't want to waste away energy with the friction brakes. Low regen is helpful is you are coming from another EV or gas vehicle and want to ease into the feel of regen braking from only the accelerator pedal. But really just best to go cold turkey into standard regen mode and learn how it behaves and drive accordingly. Takes some get used to, but easily mastered in no time.

    You will find that most times the brake pedal is only needed at the tail end of slowing, to come to a complete stop. Often no friction braking is needed when slowing to make a turn - which is not the case with low regen mode. Many people report over 100K miles on Teslas with original brakes due to the limited use of the friction braking system.

    Know that in cold temps (which for Tesla is 55 F or lower in some instances), regen becomes limited and effectively goes into a low mode as well.
  • edited June 2019
    Standard
    Efficiency is not significantly different if you’re avoiding having to use the brake. Low can be more efficient if it keeps you from slowing so much that you need to add energy to maintain speed or get to a stop sign.
  • edited November -1
    I have it on Standard as I prefer the one pedal driving. As far as the range, I wouldn't know since I only drive on Standard. Also, using regen braking means less wear & tear on my brakes which means less maintenance in the long run.
  • edited June 2019
    I use standard also ... the braking effect reduces wear on the brake pads.

    Takes a short amount of time of getting used to though - and then it feels weird when later driving in a non-regen equipped car!
  • edited June 2019
    Definitely Standard. I am not sure what the other setting is really for. I like not having to use the brakes.
  • edited June 2019
    Beside energy efficiency, it's safer. If you get into a situation where you need to stop or slow suddenly, removing your foot from the accelerator already decelerates the car before the foot moves over to the brake pedal.
  • edited November -1
    I set it to low when I first got the car. It better simulated my old car (letting go of the gas pedal to slow down that is). But after a few weeks I noticed that I was using the breaks too much. The model 3 is a heavier car than my old civic. So I decided to change it to standard and see. Yeap.... standard is the way to go for me.
  • edited November -1
    Standard. But if I lived in the snowy/icy hinterlands I might use low so the gripping wouldn't be too aggressive.

    The best way to become accustomed to the regenerative braking is to immediately, after delivery, drive through a neighborhood with the multitude of speed humps (bumps, lumps or undulations...I've seen ALL these on signs) and you'll learn very quickly the one-pedal driving method.
  • edited June 2019
    Standard always in our MS and M3. The more regenerative braking the better.
  • edited June 2019
    Standard for the reasons everyone mentioned. I wish there was more. I'd REALLY like brake hold to auto engage when the car hits 0 mph too @elon. I've never even tried Low TBH
  • edited June 2019
    Standard.

    Coming from a stick, I was pretty clumsy at first. Too much muscle memory of pushing in the clutch and just dropping the accelerator, leading to a gentle coast. But the Tesla would slow pretty aggressively, as we all know. I got used to it within the first week, and know I love the regen and scarcely using friction brakes.

    Of course, you can modulate the regen by how much you back off on the go pedal.

    If they added Mega as a regen setting, I suspect I’d use it.
  • edited June 2019
    Low is only useful in poor winter driving conditions, Made it through a New England winter in standard and lived to tell. Loss of control will vary.
  • edited June 2019
    Standard. CharleyBC- For me it is like driving a stick in second gear all the time and not worrying about redlining the engine!
    Since one of the few parts that require replacement are pad and rotors, standard greatly reduces the wear and tear on the brake system.
    I did notice on my previous Prius that the rotors tended to rust from lack of use, I hope M3 does not have that issue.
  • edited June 2019
    standard and turn off creep mode.
  • edited June 2019
    standard and turn off creep mode.
  • edited June 2019
    No creep mode - always

    Standard in non-winter season
    Low during winter with snow/ice on the ground
  • edited November -1
    Standard, and for me it's more for control than energy recovery. One-pedal driving with instant acceleration/deceleration combined with excellent handling (for a car this heavy) allows me to put the car where I want, when I want, more than any other car I've ever driven. And standard regen is a key part of that equation.
  • edited June 2019
    Definitely standard for one-pedal driving. I miss it when I drive my Highlander Hybrid, which has the equivalent of low regen.
  • edited June 2019
    I far prefer standard due to trying to drive with 1 pedal most of the time. On a good day I can go a long
    commute without touching the brake at all. Used to do spendy front brakes every 22-25K miles on last couple cars.
    Low maintenance is an Tesla goal.
  • edited June 2019
    Standard always--special benefit when you see the highway patrol out and about--fast, smooth, non-obvious drop to the speed limit by just lifting your (lead) foot.
  • edited June 2019
    Standard—you’ll quickly learn to drive with one pedal in nearly every circumstance.

    I temporarily switch to low when the roads are icy or to dry the brakes if I’m parking for a while directly after rain or car wash.
  • edited June 2019
    Standard, so close to one pedal driving. Might be nice as a feature, Tesla add a one foot driving option where the system applies brake at point the regen stops similar to some of the other EV's that have one peddle operation for normal stopping.
    As for the Low in winter time, I live in northern Ohio and I only drove in one Winter with it so far, but keep it on Standard and didn't notice any issues.
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