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Stop in the Name of Load: Best Regenerative Braking Use Case

A Tesla Supercharger is a charging station that provides fast, reliable electricity to electric cars. Currently, Tesla uses its own proprietary connector on its Supercharger network in North America which exclusively supports Tesla EVs, but Elon Musk has talked about opening the Superchargers up to other non-Tesla EVs. Tesla began testing the concept with the European CCS connector standard in Norway last year, and has since expanded it to Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Austria.

Recently, in a While House memo, it was mentioned, “Later this year, Tesla will begin production of new Supercharger equipment that will enable non-Tesla EV drivers in North America to use Tesla Superchargers.” This will make Tesla eligible for federal funds if it builds out its Supercharger network for non-Tesla EVs.

Towing loads with an EV for most is a new experience. Towing capacity is the maximum amount of weight your vehicle can safely pull. It varies according to the size of your vehicle and the weight distribution inside your trailer.

 
Your truck’s towing capacity should be known before you start attaching things to your vehicle. Your towing capacity will be displayed on the driver’s door and is an important consideration when towing heavy objects. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the capacity of your truck can vary greatly depending on its model, driveline, and bed length. It’s dangerous to exceed the capacity of your vehicle because it can result in dangerous handling, poor braking, or even damaging the vehicle. Manufacturers emphasize that you should never exceed 10% of your vehicle’s towing capacity.


The most important thing is to know how to calculate your towing capacity. You can do this by subtracting the curb weight from the GCVWR of your vehicle. EVs make towing capacity a bit easier to calculate. The curb weight of your vehicle includes the weight of the vehicle and all of the fluids needed to keep it operating. Compared to ICE vehicles, EVs do not include a variable amount of fuel.

 
Another important factor is the brakes on your vehicle and trailer. An EV’s regenerative braking system stores kinetic energy as added electricity in its battery during braking, thus reducing brake pressure. In addition, it can help EV owners avoid using the brakes altogether, which can be especially beneficial when driving down hill with a load.


For example, GM’s HUMMER and Chevy Silverado EVs feature a system called Regen on Demand, which allows the driver to control this system. The system enables the vehicle to slow down to a full stop without the driver engaging the brake pedal. This feature can be engaged before releasing the accelerator pedal. These vehicles also features one-pedal driving and an optional Terrain Mode, which provides low-speed one-pedal control for off-road driving.

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