29 Jun '11, 10pm

Why GM got the eco gauge totally right on the Buick LaCross with eAssist

Why GM got the eco gauge totally right on the Buick LaCross with eAssist

, say, when you hit the brakes, a dashboard indicator will tell you that you're now regenerating energy. This is true, but it's not all that accurate, because often there is energy being wasted because the driver didn't coast/decelerate enough before the stop light. In the LaCross eAssist, the paradigm is shifted. If you hit the brakes hard, you don't get a happy fluctuation into the "recharge" zone. Instead, the needle goes into the black on the other end of the spectrum. Hypermilers should recognize this as a great visual example of spending too much energy to get going and then needing to burn some off just to come to a stop. If you drive the LaCrosse with eAssist in the most efficient manner possible, you will never need to slam on the brakes and that eco needle will never leave the green zone. Brilliant. Apparently, Buick engineers spent a lot of time discussing wheth...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/06/29/why-gm-got-the-eco-g...

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