Submitted by tm on Mon, 2013-04-29 07:50
My Model S is, unfortunately, still being built and I have a rather interesting, but basic question. Since the Model S' electric motor "turns into" a "generator" when the driver starts to remove his or her foot from the accelerator, effectively reversing the electromagnetic field that would otherwise drive the car forward to recapture some kinetic energy, does that mean the brake pads will need to be changed less often? In theory, that makes sense because "regenerative braking" isn't using the physical breaks at all. Thanks!