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I've had my etron sportback for 3 weeks now and love the recuperation effect to maximise range. I have it on auto and also use the paddles when coming to a stop. With some careful driving I'm getting a 100% charge equivalent range of 262 miles.

But i've only just realised that the rear brake light is being constantly used during all of this. I must look a right idiot to the following vehicles. e.g. I may have one regen worth applied during a long downhill etc and the brake light is constantly on for over a mile.

This has made me feel a bit self conscious and I think I will be using less regeneration in future.
 

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That’s uncanny, I just wrote a similar comment in this thread: Paddles v brakes

Perhaps this is a market/region specific thing as others don’t seem to have noticed it. I look in the rear view mirror at night time and can see the reflection of the brake light on the number plates of following vehicles when regeneration kicks in.
 

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My advice would be to not worry what others think, you're doing your bit for the planet/environment so keep re-genning!
That said from a safety point of view, people following will not know when you are actually breaking for real, potentialy in an emergency brake situation, so it could be quite dangerous in edge cases. Hopefully they'll just keep their distance but hopefully Audi can tweak the settings with a future update perhaps?
 

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I've had my etron sportback for 3 weeks now and love the recuperation effect to maximise range. I have it on auto and also use the paddles when coming to a stop. With some careful driving I'm getting a 100% charge equivalent range of 262 miles.

But i've only just realised that the rear brake light is being constantly used during all of this. I must look a right idiot to the following vehicles. e.g. I may have one regen worth applied during a long downhill etc and the brake light is constantly on for over a mile.

This has made me feel a bit self conscious and I think I will be using less regeneration in future.
Y the brake lights drive me mad. Used to use to try one pedal but decided to stop because of this and drive normal way. Its really stupid- if car was so smart why wouldn't break lights come on when a particular reduction in speed/danger etc!
 

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It is a bit silly. Conventional ICE vehicles have engine braking without triggering the brake lights, so it would seem logical and appropriate to allow lower levels of regen without triggering the lights.
 

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The trigger of the brake lights is tied to the g's of deceleration the vehicle is under. Audi didn't make it up for fun or as an afterthought. It is highly-regulated by the NHTSA and is critical safety equipment.
 
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