Submitted by alan.berk on August 23, 2012
I recently test drove the Model S at the Dallas event. I loved it. I have a question about the brakes. In my Lexus RX400H, when you applied the brakes, it was in regenerative mode until the car was about to stop or if there was a sudden hard application of the brakes. In the model S, it seems that any time the accelerator is not depressed, the brakes are in regenerative mode, but whenever the brake pedal is applied, the actual brake pads are applied. I wonder if there is an option to have a similar mode to the Lexus, where all but severe braking was handled by regenerative mode. This would give "more" of regenerative mode when the brake pedal was applied, compared to just somewhat when the accelerator is let up. This would increase the life of the brake pads, and also somewhat increase the range.