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Electric cars & brake lights

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Tony L, May 25, 2023.

  1. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    Apparently with my hybrid outlander the brake lights do come on, but only when the car is set for maximum regenerative braking and only above 25mph.
  2. simon g

    simon g Older, wiser but no longer retired

    For those who haven't driven cars with regen facility, it's worth noting the following, for my car at least. The regen takes effect when 'coasting', as it were, in addition to deliberately slowing. Or even if merely lifting off the throttle. I can see what my car is doing with regen. Often it will be when going down an inclune, or even on a motorway. There is a negligible decrease in speed. If brake lights came on as soon as regen was activated in all cases then there would be a major problem. Lights coming on and off, those behind braking in response causing bunching, over reaction, etc.

    I'd agree that the lights should come on if there is a significant braking effect from the regen system. This is what most well designed EVs do.
  3. NeilR

    NeilR pfm Member

    when I was young and foolish we used to pull the handbrake. No brake lights then.
  4. awkwardbydesign

    awkwardbydesign Officially Awesome

    What's a handbrake?
  5. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    The thing that stops you breaking the parking pawl. :)
  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    For u-turns, surely.
  7. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    And epic parking manoeuvres.
    martin clark and Tony L like this.

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