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Post by bayareachick on May 24, 2017 19:46:31 GMT -5
Why has BMW made the regenerative braking even softer than previous models? I miss one pedal driving and the best was from the ActiveE. I purposely did not get the latest software updates on my 2014 BEV version that came out later in 2016 because others have mentioned that the regen was softer. I just got into a 2017 BEV and I hate the fact that I have to use the brakes more now. Can BMW provide a feature that allows the driver to select how strong or weak the regen will work in the future?!?
BMW could do so but they won't for a variety of reasons. And, for some reason, BMW thinks that the drivers of their gas powered 2-pedal cars are not buying i3 cars because one-pedal driving is so different. So, in an effort to make BMW electric cars (i3 and future BMW electric cars) more appealing to current BMW drivers and to make it easier for them to transition from a 2-pedal gas vehicle to an electrical vehicle, they are making the i3 drive more like a 2-pedal car with almost no regeneration and coasting and creeping like a 2-pedal car. And, of course, BMW would prefer to sell a ton of electric fleet vehicles to businesses/governmental units but BMW likely thinks it is not possible with 1-pedal driving.
BMW is ignoring current i3 drivers' desires because we're just beta testers for them. Sadly, approximately 80% of BMW i3 drivers are first-time BMW owners and instead of BMW converting these new customers into life-long BMW customers, they are pushing i3 owners into other manufacturers' products. Driving a BMW i3 has completely convinced me that my next vehicle will also be an EV but it won't be a BMW EV.
I suspect BMW have a problem with brake wear and disc corrosion in wetter climates. In the UK one forum posters brakes are 42% worn in just under 2,000 miles!! They drive carefully and use 1 pedal driving as much as possible. My brakes and disks are close to needing replacement after 28K miles and I hardly ever use them, although I have tried to remember to dry them off after rain and purposely use them sometimes to eliminate corrosion. Unfortunately, it's easy to forget and hence my poor brake life.
I am pretty sure BMW must be aware of this (they are not stupid) and has quietly toned down the regen so we all use the brakes a little more.
Of course when I mentioned just how surprised I was at the poor brake life on a car with such heavy regenerative braking, as with every other problem I had ever had, the response was; "you are the first person ever to report this"
P.S. My 2000 honda insight also had weak regen braking, not 1 foot driving, the regen progressively cut out at about 10-15 mph, necessitating use of the brakes. Net result after 80,0000 miles my brake pads were only 50% worn. Perhaps BMW should learn from this.