Any way to default Maximum Regenerative Braking without always clicking the paddles? - 2018 Honda Clarity Forum
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Any way to default Maximum Regenerative Braking without always clicking the paddles?

This has to be my biggest gripe with the car.
Even at max it's too light in my opinion?
But WHY ON EARTH does it reset after a few minutes?
Super frustrating driving this car on hills. I just took it to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs (pretty cool...it added like 20 miles of range coming down) But why can't it stay in that mode?!?!

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Sport mode will do this for you.

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If the "power" gauge (around the speedometer) is any indication, simply using the brake pedal causes more regeneration than does using the paddles...
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Sport mode will do this for you.
^^^ is the correct. Sport mode will remember the paddle setting.
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Ah, thanks everyone. Sport mode makes a lot of sense. Still wish it could just be left on always to Max in all modes.

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I like it just the way it is. Have got pretty good at triple-clicking the left paddle extremely fast when I want some regen.
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Ah, thanks everyone. Sport mode makes a lot of sense. Still wish it could just be left on always to Max in all modes.
The thing about the Clarity is, though, that it knows how much regen it actually needs, especially when driving in HV mode or when using cruise control.Even on three clicks heading down a hill the regen gauge doesn't show as much charge being gained as it does when you step on the brake pedal...
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The thing about the Clarity is, though, that it knows how much regen it actually needs, especially when driving in HV mode or when using cruise control.Even on three clicks heading down a hill the regen gauge doesn't show as much charge being gained as it does when you step on the brake pedal...
The paddles have a limit on regen, one reason is because the paddles don't activate the brake lights. They could have had higher regen settings that activate the brake lights but they decided not to, instead if you want higher regen than is available with the paddles you have to use the brake pedal.

There is however some evidence that using the brake pedals blends in a little bit of friction braking along with regen for smoothness. So in theory for minor slowing the paddles are slightly better because they are all regen with no use of the friction brakes. However what we don't know is how much friction brake is blended in, I suspect it's very little and thus doesn't make that much difference. So I use the paddles when it is convenient, but when someone is behind me especially following too closely I usually use the brake pedal so that they will see the brake lights.
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Regen is also only available from the drive wheels (front only on the Clarity).
Brake pedal almost certainly uses at least a little rear for control reasons

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Regen is also only available from the drive wheels (front only on the Clarity).
Brake pedal almost certainly uses at least a little rear for control reasons
Depends on how hard you brake. Light to medium braking that doesn't cause the nose of the car to dip won't even engage the rear brakes. Rear brakes are primarily to keep the car stable during hard braking.
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