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Leaf ECO button use ? opinions please

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Hi People

Any Leaf users use the ECO button ? does it do much for the range of the vehicle , any long term benefits ?

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Are you sure it increases the regen ? I haven't noticed any difference there, although I haven't tried to measure it accurately.
It does increase regen on mine. Non-ECO running is more or less freewheeling with power off, but in ECO there's a couple of green blobs showing on a trailing pedal. 2014 UK built Tekna. It also raises the GOM range figure a touch.
I only use it when I have passengers in the car. It will definitely give them a smoother ride, although to the driver it's like driving a sofa bed. Someone else on here mentioned the jerky effect of the untempered ordinary D mode on the passengers, the driver has a steering wheel; passengers can get thrown about and if susceptible can soon feel quite nauseous.

As a taxi driver school trainer in Perth (amongst other things), this was one of the primary skills I used to attempt to impart to my pupils. One day I had 4 of the assorted Somalis, Indians, Brits, Kiwis and Aussies attending the class in my training car and the first Somali got into the driving seat; before we had travelled 100 mtrs approaching a school crossing he was already doing 80kms in a 25km zone.
I used to despair for the poor passengers they were going to carry in the future.
My colleague with whom I spent a good amount of time back in the 1970s on trips to Japan, used to claim that the ubiquitous Datsun Cedric taxi had no accelerator pedal, only an ON-OFF switch!
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Not to mention tyre wear and power consumption! o_O
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