With ED's 70ish mile range and the choice of cruise or regeneration paddles, paddles won out.I have often wondered how the paddles work. I use a light tight touch on the brake pedal and that gets the regen way up. Do the paddles do the same thing?
Simple answer, no.Has anyone ever successfully added them to an ED that didn't come with them? I wonder if it's at least the same steering wheel as the gas Smart?
I love those paddles. While I believe I've been able to improve range somewhat (by as much as 5, maybe as much as 10 percent) in the city on a good day, I love setting the paddles in the D+ mode for all driving (even the highway) primarily for the "sports car like" control when approaching an intersection to turn either left or right. The control I'm referring to is the aggressive slowing down because of the regen going on, enabling me the ability to keep the right foot on the gas pedal (instead of the brake) just so I can get ready to nail it out of the corner and into the flat part of the "track", effectively emulating a Porsche 911, at a very cheap price!While I'm a big paddle-fanboi, I'd question that the paddles alone can make that much difference. You can achieve the same efficiency without them, by very careful use of the go and break pedals. It's just much harder (for me).
The paddles make it easier to drive more efficiently: coast instead of regen and then need to accelerate more; maximize regen before applying friction brakes. But it can be done without them.
But. Did you try contacting me though? 0The paddles are a must for me. Waited an extra two months to order mine. It's a completely different experience driving! D- is best for out-of town: to coast on slight downhills just take the foot of the go pedal and the car seems to float on air. D+ in the city is like driving a go-kart.
As MB said not a range improvement.
No dealer ever has cars with paddles on their lots. So today, used is the only way to get paddles. I'd rather buy used with paddles than new without (plus that's much cheaper), but it will be tough to find them!
Let's hope the 453 will have paddles!