The FourTwo is classed as a city car, but does this mean that its range is badly affected by hills?
Most of my driving is 5-20 mile round trips and I have a garage where I can charge, so I would expect to be able to put the car on charge when it is at home.
Quoted range is about 100 miles, but consensus is that in the real world this is nearer 70 miles and in UK winter, when you need to run with heating and aircon, then it is more likely to be 40ish.
Now this I could live with. However we live in a hilly area of Yorkshire and so there is a lot of up and down so I am wandering if this will cause me to see even lower ranges.
How well does the FourTwo regen work on breaking i.e. will I get much battery charge back when going downhill?
The reviews I have seen indicate that the regen is not aggressive i.e. if you lift off the accelerator whilst driving on the flat then the car will “free wheel” and drop speed as energy is lost. So you don’t have one peddle driving and the experience is more like a traditional car.
I assume if whilst doing this you press the brake peddle then it applies regen to try to perform the deceleration and so reclaim the energy.
The blurb mentions “Radar-assisted recuperation” which I don’t understand. Does this mean that if the radar detect an obstruction it applies regen more aggressively, or does it employ the brakes i.e. sacrifice energy for safety?