I just purchased my first electric car, a 2016 FFE with 47k km. I've had it for about a month and it's been amazing so far, I just had a couple questions as a new EV owner.
First of all, how exactly does regen work? I understand that it takes kinetic energy from the spinning wheels and converts it back into electricity, but when exactly does it kick in? As soon as you take the foot off the accelerator, or only when you press the brake down? Also, from what I understand, the low gear increases regen, but does this mean you effectively get more range when driving in low due to having more regen?
Speaking of range, I also wanted to know exactly how accurate the battery indicator is? Sometimes I leave the home with 80km on the range indicator, drive 10km and end up at my destination with 65 indicated. Is this due to inefficient driving, or is the battery indicator not that accurate? If that is the case, what exactly is the best way to gauge the actual distance I can drive on a charge?
Finally, the last thing I wanted to ask was regarding driving habits to maximise range. Since the 2016 FFE only has about 120km max range, I want to make sure that I'm getting the most out of each charge and I'm not wasting battery. There are times when I drive and end up with a status of -5 and other times when I end up with +3, for example. Do you guys have any tips for a new EV owner regarding this?