Blimey, didn’t expect to come back to the forum this morning and see a raft of posts against this new thread
So I haven’t had a chance to read through everything, (I will later when I have more time today) but it’s clearly sparked some good discussion.
I love one pedal driving and find it very easy and intuitive to use, but then I am old school who was taught to drive a car rather than later generations who are taught to pass their driving test. A big difference and it still makes me cringe when in a flat supermarket car park i here drivers using the ratchet on the mechanical handbrake. All that does is wear it out very fast. Totally not needed, only time required is on a steep incline. I used the ratchet during my driving test, so the tester could hear I was using it, never used it all since, unless it’s a steep incline. And of course we were all taught to use the gearbox to control speed on hills, corners and drive through them, which naturally inspires you to have one pedal driving in an EV. (That old school using the gearbox, changing down for corners, is of course the correct way to use an ICE, but it probably also has some foundations in the fact that many decades ago brakes were not as amazingly good as they are today!)
I have just driven in the i-pace to Northampton and in the nearly hour drive in towns, country roads, dual carriageways and roundabouts haven’t used the brake pedal once (and there is plenty of rush hour traffic around) and in general that’s normal in a one pedal EV setup. The I-pace is set to high regen and stays in that mode without intervention. There is a low regen mode also, but I have never used it once I had tested the various modes.
My wife and I (and our grown up siblings) are the same type of drivers so really want another EV that has this capability. I thought the ID.3 was going to be a car we would have (had a pre-order deposit on that too) but it’s not to be for us, although I do like it a lot and seen many on the roads (along with all other make/models lately) and would hope that VW (VAG) do an OTA update to enable a true one pedal mode soon across the group vehicles.
In the meantime I am looking forward to test driving a Mach-e in a weeks time and also getting a first viewing of the Kia EV6. Exciting times in the mobility world