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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-04-2019, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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I will always drive in sport mode now on electric

The constant paddle tapping in econ to enact the regenerative braking is annoying. I didn't realize the sport mode will keep you in EV mode similar to economy mode. It will turn on the ICE if you accelerate hard, (just like econ). I like how you can keep the regenerative brake on max and it will automatically engage when I let off the gas. Why would I drive in econ mode if it functions the same way? Am I missing something? Cruise control will of course not keep the regenerative brake icon on. I also like the more responsive throttle in sport mode. I am now a new sport driver using EV miles. If I am on highway and cruising, I will use the econ mode.

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The modes in the Clarity are more about throttle mapping than anything. ECON mode strives to reduce power consumption on some other components like the AC.

Nothing wrong with your strategy. Give it a whirl. I drive normal mode or Sport Mode...rarely ECON.

Good luck!
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My experience in Sport mode is that using cruise control resets the regen to level 1.
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The modes in the Clarity are more about throttle mapping than anything. ECON mode strives to reduce power consumption on some other components like the AC.

Nothing wrong with your strategy. Give it a whirl. I drive normal mode or Sport Mode...rarely ECON.

Good luck!
Thanks- 3rd day using it and continue to love it. I like how the brakes are instantly applied. I think I will get a little more on the mileage as well. Although winter in rochester ny cuts my EV miles to low 30's and soon mid 20's running heat.

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Try running in HV mode whilst using the heater. This will greatly reduce impact on the EV only mileage.
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My experience in Sport mode is that using cruise control resets the regen to level 1.
I've noticed the same thing. I use cruise control to hold down my speed in many areas that I've noted are speed traps.
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My experience in Sport mode is that using cruise control resets the regen to level 1.
I believe the OP mentioned that in their original post. It's too bad that it doesn't just leave regen where you left it, whatever mode you are in. Even if you had to set it again each time you start the car that would at least be an improvement, like they already do with Brake Hold, LKAS and Sport mode.

Another annoyance is that if you are using ACC and then press the paddle you get this loud annoying beep warning you that ACC is now turned off. Stepping on the brake pedal doesn't do this, only pressing the paddle. After the 300th time I pretty much get the message I don't have to keep being reminded. And if someone is in the car with me when this happens they get nervous because it sounds like a serious warning. Too bad there isn't a place in the settings to turn off that beep. To avoid it I either press the cancel button first, or else tap the brake pedal just enough to turn off ACC before I press the paddle. Actually I do that anyway if someone is following close behind me in case they aren't paying attention, because using the paddles even at the highest level does not activate the brake lights.
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I believe the OP mentioned that in their original post. It's too bad that it doesn't just leave regen where you left it, whatever mode you are in. Even if you had to set it again each time you start the car that would at least be an improvement, like they already do with Brake Hold, LKAS and Sport mode.

Another annoyance is that if you are using ACC and then press the paddle you get this loud annoying beep warning you that ACC is now turned off. Stepping on the brake pedal doesn't do this, only pressing the paddle. After the 300th time I pretty much get the message I don't have to keep being reminded. And if someone is in the car with me when this happens they get nervous because it sounds like a serious warning. Too bad there isn't a place in the settings to turn off that beep. To avoid it I either press the cancel button first, or else tap the brake pedal just enough to turn off ACC before I press the paddle. Actually I do that anyway if someone is following close behind me in case they aren't paying attention, because using the paddles even at the highest level does not activate the brake lights.
I have noticed that too. Very annoying. I do like that if someone is tailgating me letting go of the gas is like applying the brake with no light. Aholes! lol

I use EV miles as much as possible. My daily commute will usually get me to where I ened to go on EV miles. No need for HV.
Has anyone noticed that it will engage the ICE more often while in sport mode? Could be a coincidence the past few days that it has been running the motor while in sport mode, but there has been an increase lately.

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Throttle mapping causes the trigger point for ICE to come on sooner in sport than either econ or normal. It's inherent in the programming.

I suspect that is the issue. I am a sedate driver and rarely push the throttle far enough to activate the ICE in sport mode any more than I normally would in normal mode.

About the only time I activate ICE via the throttle is when I am forced to get aggressive due to traffic etc and this is regardless of mode.

If you like to be aggressive on the throttle it will activate ICE quicker. That is why some folks believe econ mode is most efficient because it takes more effort to activate ICE.

Hope this helps.

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