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Posted by Michelle Steiner on May 21, 2006, 2:43 am
 


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You don't have a choice under normal conditions; it uses regenerative
braking except for hard or panic stops and when the car is traveling
under six miles per hour.  So every time you stop the car, you're using
mechanical brakes.

I doubt that there will be any build up of rust on drums or rotors.

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Posted by Bill on May 21, 2006, 3:20 am
 




I create my own conditions by planning ahead and coasting or using light
brake pedal pressure.  I choose to use regenerative braking in order to
recover energy.   In other words, I choose to stop without using my
mechanical brakes.  In fact, more often than not I don't have to stop at all
because the light turns green.



Posted by Michelle Steiner on May 21, 2006, 4:09 am
 



If you're going under six miles per hour, and are stepping on the brake
pedal, you're using mechanical brakes.


I wish the traffic lights around here would be so accommodating.

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Posted by Bill on May 21, 2006, 4:41 am
 



Where I live, if there is a stop light at a highway intersection there is a
flashing light some distance before the intersection warning a driver that
the light is about to turn red.  With a little experience one can accurately
determine when to start coasting.  While the light is red I'm regenerating,
arriving at the intersection just as the cars there are pulling away on
green.  We have lots of synchronized lights too, so if you know the proper
speed you can adjust the gas pedal pressure to stealth mode and cruise
through five or six green lights without the ice starting up.

Some years ago I lived near Cologne Germany where they employed a system
called "green way".  Instead of the flashing lights I described above they
had digital readouts much like those that show ones speed but instead these
displayed the speed you must maintain in order to catch the next green
light.  That really worked well.  If catching a light was hopeless, the sign
would flash for a few seconds and then go blank.




Posted by Michelle Steiner on May 21, 2006, 7:26 am
 

wrote:


What about city or suburban traffic?  Regardless, around here there are
no such warnings--and for most of the semi-rural roads here, there are
stop signs rather than traffic lights.  I know when to start coasting
for them, but often there's traffic behind me, and I can't coast as
long/far as I would want because of that.


Quite often, I'll be at a stop light for two or three cycles--and stop
signs, which are almost all four-way these days, is stop-go-stop-go,
etc., until one gets through the intersection.

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