We got the opportunity to drive a Tesla Model 3 for two days. We filmed a lot of stuff! This is one of our ‘Tesla Short’s’ where we talk about regenerative braking.
Regenerative Braking, that’s what the Tesla Model 3 has. That means: if you put your foot off the gas pedal, instead of driving and putting electricity into to motors to drive the wheels, you’ll take energy from the moving wheels and the electric motors will put that energy into the batteries.
So that means if you just take the foot off the gas pedal, that the batteries will be charging, just by slowing down.
So on your right you have the acceleration pedal to speed up. And on the left you have your break pedal. What happens if you just take your foot off the gas pedal? The car will be slowing down. And will be ‘breaking’.
So the break feeling is the energy from the electric motors that puts the electricity back in the batteries. That way they will be charging. Because of the regenerative breaking you can drive with one foot. If you want to slow down, you just take your foot off the gas pedal and the car will slow down.