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About those regenerative brakes
My recent 17 XLE hybrid purchase is my first ever hybrid. I think I understand that as you apply pressure to the brakes it uses some type of gearing to slow the car and recapture some of the lost energy before ultimately applying the actual brake pads to the disc to further slow of the car.
In my previous (non hybrid) car I used to engine brake all the time (especially downhill) before ultimately engaging my brakes. My pads lasted forever and there is no harm done to the engine or tranny. I notice now with the Rav that when I "downshift" to simulate engine braking, the EV light goes out on the dash, but if I don't downshift and just brake or merely lift from the gas, the EV light engages and stays on. So what I'm wondering is if I engage the brakes on a downhill (vs downshifting) will I ultimately be wearing down the pads sooner due to the increased pressure needed to slow/stop? But is breaking any "better" for the hybrid system for any special reason than using the downshift to slow the car first?
Thanks for any light you can shed.