msvphoto wrote: ↑Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:15 pm
I most certainly can feel the difference between regen only and friction but VW does a very good job at blending the two. If you lightly touch the brake pedal it is regen only. The feel is in the pedal itself (you feel hydraulic pressure in your foot). In normal driving almost all braking is regen unless a panic stop.
I am so sorry to keep at this but how can you be 100% certain that this is indeed the case? I am talking specifically about this: "If you lightly touch the brake pedal it is regen only." Could you back this point by concrete examples?
I would argue that touching the brake pedal - 1) places the electric motor in the regen mode but also
2) engages the traditional brakes, like any other standard, hydraulic braking system on the ICE car. The sole reason for the existence of standard braking system on the EV cars is that the regen braking alone is not cable of stopping the car on its own. I really don't think there is anything magical about the 'standard' braking system in the e-Golf; particularly at the level that would allow the driver to keep pressing the brake pedal and yet not to engage the hydraulic system designed to operate the system.
The second statement you make "In normal driving almost all braking is regen unless a panic stop." is only true if you keep your car in any of the regen modes available (D1, D2, D3 or B) and never use the brake pedal.
It goes without saying that the standard braking system on any EV is not taxed as much as on an ICE car, hence it is not really unusual to see very little wear on the pads as you have yourself discovered.