Braking – or Not

Driving the Tesla is quite different than driving any other car.  The first thing you notice is that when you take your foot off the accelerator, the car really slows down with little residual rolling.  Takes a little bit to get used to.  There is almost no need to use the conventional brakes till the last minute to wait at a light.  Thankfully, the “brake lights” go on as soon as you take your foot off the accelerator.

The Tesla has regenerative braking or a better name “regenerative coasting”.  Whenever your foot is off the accelerator but not necessarily on the brake, the car will send energy to the battery.  Since this is a purely electric car, taking your foot off the accelerator converts the engine torque request from positive to negative immediately, and the motor returns energy to the battery! 

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Touch Screen

Although on my first day out the brakes squealed a lot when I did use them in traffic for the final stop from 5 mph.  After a week of very little driving, the squealing has reduced significantly.

Exactly what kind of brakes are in the car?  They are hydraulically operated anti-lock ventilated disc brakes.  

Like some other cars, you need to have your foot on the brake to start the car.  There is a nice screen on the far left of the dashboard with lots of useful information.

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