Tesla Updates One-Pedal Driving

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AUSTIN, Texas – Numerous media reports and owner social-media posts report the latest Tesla software update will enable one-pedal driving, a capability facilitated by regenerative braking, even when it normally might not work.

Regenerative braking can occur in an electric or hybrid-electric vehicle when the driver removes his/her foot from the accelerator, turning the electric motor into a generator, thus sending energy to the batteries.

When an EV or hybrid has a fully charged battery or harsh-weather conditions exist, regenerative braking might not occur, thus a one-pedal system might not work.

Tesla, which has encouraged its owners to adopt a one-pedal-driving technique, has apparently developed a software fix to mitigate the conditions which might disable regenerative braking and render one-pedal driving impossible.

According to the notes accompanying Tesla software release 2022.16.0.3 for Model 3 and Model Y owners, “Your vehicle can now automatically apply regular brakes for consistent deceleration when regenerative braking is limited due to battery temperature or state of charge. To enable, tap Controls > Pedals & Steering > Apply Brakes When Regenerative Braking Is Limited.”

(According to other reports, “This change appears to be for non-LFP (lithium iron phosphate)  cars only as LFP vehicles can utilize regenerative braking when at 100 percent.”

Some of the media reports indicate this software-update aspect is still in the testing phase and/or has not been disseminated to all Model 3 and Model Y owners (confirmed by a Model 3 owner).

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Tesla does not respond to media inquiries, so further information is not available. The BRAKE Report will continue to report on this story as information becomes available.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.