Submitted by Tkela on Mon, 2013-11-04 13:39
One thing that surprised me when taking a Tesla test drive was that the regeneration kicked in when I took my foot off the accelerator rather than when I pressed the brake pedal lightly. My (naïve) expectation was that taking your foot off the accelerator would let you coast and the 1st 1/4 or so of the brake pedal travel would engage the regeneration and pressing further would add in the conventional brakes.
Given the number of threads on coasting techniques, this would seem to be an easier way to drive than finding the sweet spot on the throttle that allows you to coast (or putting the car into neutral). I'd also be more comfortable when coasting up to a light if my foot was already on the brake so that I just need to apply pressure if I end up closing too quickly.
Does anyone have any theories on why things were not set up this way? The obvious one is that Tesla wanted a direct mechanical linkage from pedal to brakes rather than something more complex.