sparkyps wrote:I have zero interest in the added complexity of a "coast mode"
I rarely use the brake pedal and can accelerate, coast and slow down exactly like I want to using just the rightmost pedal and have instant responsiveness (faster/slower) without any complexities like switching in/out of a coast mode.
I have a stick shift car too and I simply don't drive the Bolt like I drive the stick shift. I also have a car with an automatic transmission and I would never put it in neutral while driving. That manual transmission cars are routinely taken out of gear is no reason to think that's how we should drive an EV.
I don't coast down hills either, I pick a speed and regen maintains that speed for me. Utterly unlike driving with a manual or automatic and using a combination of engine braking and brakes to keep my speed from becoming excessive.
There is no added complexity of coast mode. It's simply programming each pedal to do 1 function only; stop or go.
Again, we're not talking about constantly shifting between modes, using N, or riding the friction brakes. If the car had an optional coast mode, I would stay in that mode forever, never having to use N, and using the friction brakes as rarely as everyone else.
The car would still regen going downhill while the cruise control is on. Coast mode would behave just like the other modes, except more efficient for those few people interested in maximizing range or efficiency.
Sure, most people aren't interested in efficiency or paying attention to how they drive. That's why the mode would be optional.
Really, these arguments that "I personally don't care about efficient driving techniques" is not a very compelling reason to be against the option. It's the same as me saying "I never use rinse mode on my dishwasher, therefore nobody should have the option".
...and you might not coast in neutral in your automatic, but I do.