|There's a hill at the end of my street and the car rolls backwards a bit when a release the friction brake if I don't activate the anti rollback feature. A simulated transmission creep would eliminate this.|
There are a lot of differences in EV's and internal combustion cars. The fuel used to propel the vehicle is obviously the biggest difference, then the different sound and feel of the electric drivetrain followed closely by the regenerative braking which, if strong like it is on the MINI-E, can take a bit of driving to really get used to.
Then there are the less obvious differences like the single speed gearbox. Shifting gears is not necessary so it is like driving an automatic transmission car, however when you stop, the car will roll forwards or backwards if you are on an incline or decline like a manual transmission car would if it wasn't in gear and your foot wasn't on the brake pedal.
Virtually every car with an automatic transmission built in the past four or five decades has had what we have called the idle creep feature. Anyone that has driven an automatic transmission expects the car to slowly move forward when you release the brake pedal even if they don't depress the accelerator. This feature is useful when you are stopped on an incline as it helps the car from not rolling backwards the instant you release the brake. It can also be helpful when parallel parking. By slowly moving forward without needing the depress the accelerator, the driver won't run the risk of lunging forward too quickly and perhaps hitting the car in front of you when squeezing into a tight parking spot.
Yet, despite the benefits of having "the creep" most EV owners I know say they don't want it on their EV and implore auto manufacturers not to copy ICE vehicle features when they design their EV's. I don't necessarily want them to omit features just because by doing so it will keep EV's "pure". If the feature makes the car better than put it in, but if they are putting it in just to make the car more familiar to the drivers, than I'm not sure I'm in favor if it. The real question is do current EV drivers and potential future EV owners want it? That's what I'm interested in hearing. So what do you think? Do you want the creeps?
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