If you tell your wife "no brakes" at each stop then you might want to stop using L mode. I'll edit this post with the YouTube link of the guy irritating his wife.I have been driving in L gear almost all the time. Any reason not to continue? I like the way it allows pedal driving.
there's no reason to switch between L and D if you don't want to. just modulate your speed with the accelerator. there's no efficiency loss, you just slow down using regen until you get to the speed dictated by the pedal position.The only disadvantage is that the regen is stronger than in D mode. It would be more efficient to use D mode when there is less traffic and you don't need to come to a stop. If you let your foot off of the accelerator you will slow down which is less efficient than coasting. I continuously tap between D and L during drives. If there isn't much traffic I am in D. If there is traffic or I need to stop I am in L mode.
there's no reason to switch between L and D if you don't want to. just modulate your speed with the accelerator. there's no efficiency loss, you just slow down using regen until you get to the speed dictated by the pedal position.
i pretty much only drive in L, whether on the freeway or surface streets.
No physics lesson there.Don't want to give a physics lesson here, but there is an efficiency difference between slowing down using L and D. The quicker you stop (or accelerate) the more energy loss there will be. The most efficient way to slow down or accelerate is to do it as slow as possible. However, you will definitely get the bird from people behind you if you do that...
If you like L, go for it. I was just pointing out if you want to hypermile using D to slow down is more efficient than using L.
X10 - we'll be having this discussion forever, because some just don't want to believe using a thoughtfully modulated "L" is the natural mode for the Bolt. What worked for wannabe hypermilers in ICEs just isn't applicable with the Bolt.there's no efficiency difference between driving in L and D. they both regen, just at different levels.
No physics lesson there.
The statement is Absolutely Not True. Assuming the same rate of decel, there's no efficiency difference coming from the choice of D or L. It's those who don't get that "L" is not an ON/OFF switch, but can be modulated to a very fine degree, who make those assumptions that D is somehow more efficient.X10 - we'll be having this discussion forever, because some just don't want to believe using a thoughtfully modulated "L" is the natural mode for the Bolt. What worked for wannabe hypermilers in ICEs just isn't applicable with the Bolt.
NO. THERE. ISN'T!!!! I keep seeing people repeating this myth, but it JUST ISN'T TRUE.Don't want to give a physics lesson here, but there is an efficiency difference between slowing down using L and D.
I agree - but: just because you can slow down faster using regen in "L" mode doesn't mean you must slow down faster. You can decelerate as gently as you want in "L" mode simply by being sensible and gradual with your movements of the accelerator pedal. When I come to the same long, gradual and slow stops in "L" mode as I do in "D" mode, there is no difference in the efficiency.The quicker you stop (or accelerate) the more energy loss there will be.
No one can argue that "L" doesn't work for you, but it's interesting my wife and I had the opposite experience. The first time we drove an EV we really liked regen braking and adjusted immediately. When we got the Bolt, we fell in love with one-pedal driving and both my wife and I use "L" exclusively. When we get back in an ICE, we think, "How inconvenient to have to move the right foot back and forth from brake to accelerator; that's just so last century."Even after almost 19,000 miles in the Bolt, there are some habits from ICE cars that I can't break. If I need to slow down a bit, my foot comes off the accelerator.
It's wonderful that you can recapture all that kinetic energy back into the battery. The only downside is that once you've done that, you're stopped. To make the car useful, you have to get going again, and getting back to your previous speed will always require more energy than you gained by stopping.I'm confused. Why would driving in L mode be LESS efficient? Wouldn't more regen and thus more recaptured energy going back into the battery be more efficient?
The dealer said: "Always drive in L". I do find it hard to get used to, mostly because on long downhills I hate seeing the yellow lightning bolt indicating that energy is being used. But L is so strong that I do have to depress the pedal on such downhills.
Note that I was told (not easy to check) that the brake lights come on when either: in L and not using the accelerator, or using the paddle on the wheel. Can anyone confirm that that is the behavior?
IMPORTANT: when fully stopped by either L or regen paddle, any brake lights that turned on due to deceleration will turn off. Sure it's the responsibility of the car behind you to detect if you're stopped, but then, brake lights exist (and help a lot to tell those behind you that you're stopping/stopped). When in doubt, always press the brake pedal.Confirmed by watching rearview mirror during a night drive.