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From Electrek: GM announces Bolt EV’s ‘one pedal’ driving with regenerative braking

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    Today, GM officially announced the Bolt EV’s capacity for ‘one pedal’ driving with customizable regenerative braking settings. While the capacity to drive only or mostly using the accelerator pedal, commonly known as the gas pedal, is not entirely new in electric vehicles, GM is pushing the idea a little further in the Bolt EV with different driving modes to get the most out of the experience.

    Regenerative braking, the ability to recoup energy during deceleration, is one of the coolest things about electric vehicles because it offers so many advantages. It’s great from an energy standpoint since you get energy from deceleration, which would generally be lost from friction on your brake pads, but consequently, you are also preserving your mechanical brakes. more…

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      For those of you that have not experienced "one pedal" driving... Let me just say that it is awesome! I found that having regenerative braking has brought my awareness as a driver.... up an additional notch. I have always been a driver that was looking farther down the road instead of just at the car ahead of me. But....Regenerative braking gives you a "payback" for having that awareness.
      We have all been passengers with people that "Drive/ accelerate" up to a red light and then "stop!" Instead of approaching a stoplight. It always makes you wonder if they actually realize the light is "Red!"
      I hope that the automotive companies start activating the taillights when regeneration is activated. I am acutely aware of the car behind me before I engage regeneration. (I am a Volt owner that drives in low 90% of the time)
       
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      Tesla does active the brake lights when regen accounts for enough of a change in speed. Not sure if it's based on the amount of regen or if there is an accelerometer that triggers the lights.
       
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