The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a document stating that single pedals are banned? Tesla’s first response

The Tesla fan base exploded again.

Is it because of the newly launched Model 3 high-performance version yesterday? No, this new car that emphasizes driving performance failed to make many waves. Only a limited number of people paid attention to it. What really caused a stir was a document from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

On May 27, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released a draft for comments on the formulation and revision of five mandatory national standards including the "Technical Requirements and Test Methods for Passenger Car Braking Systems" to publicly solicit opinions from all walks of life.

Among them, "Type A and vehicles with both Type A and Type B electric regenerative braking systems, the braking effect achieved by releasing the accelerator pedal in forward gear cannot decelerate the vehicle to a stop " has become the focus of discussion.

So, the days of the single pedal are over?

The whole life of the pedal is "pulling repeatedly"

In November 2023, the sixth meeting of the GB 21670 "Technical Requirements and Test Methods for Passenger Vehicle Braking Systems" standard revision working group was held in Chongqing. More than 80 experts from more than 50 units participated in the meeting, focusing on the discussion of the standard Related content about Type A electric regenerative braking system.

Experts participating in the meeting gave suggestions from several aspects such as braking intensity limits, human-computer interaction and working mode reminders, and whether braking and parking is allowed. Finally, the draft for comments at the beginning was formed.

In order to clarify the positioning of Type A electric regeneration as an auxiliary braking, this requirement is proposed based on sufficient industry research and discussion, aiming to guide drivers to develop good driving habits and ensure driving safety.

The document points out that drivers who control the accelerator pedal to achieve braking and parking for a long time may develop corresponding driving habits and mistakenly press the accelerator pedal under emergency braking conditions. At the same time, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology also explained in the document that taking into account the current status of industry technology and products, a separate transition time will be given to this clause.

Tesla also responded to the controversy caused by this document, stating that this standard has not yet been officially released and implemented and will not affect existing products and functions.

By the way, the deadline for soliciting opinions is July 27 this year. If you have any comments or suggestions, you need to give feedback in writing or by email. The individual needs to be signed, the unit needs to stamp the official seal, and leave contact information.

▲A document circulated among Tesla owner groups

I have already seen many Tesla owners taking action. In their view, disabling the "single pedal" mode is a setback for the development of new energy vehicles.

Really?

Here, let me first explain it to friends who have never been exposed to this kind of driving. Many people still think that Tesla only has one pedal.

Tesla also equips its models with two pedals – the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal. The difference is that releasing its accelerator pedal not only means stopping acceleration, but also activates the kinetic energy recovery system to decelerate the vehicle. After being in "hold" mode, it can also bring the vehicle to a complete stop without depressing the brake pedal. .

Tesla believes that if only one pedal can be used to accelerate and brake the vehicle, drivers will not need to frequently switch back and forth between the accelerator and brake pedals during daily driving, making driving easier.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology used to be quite supportive of this kind of driving.

Three years ago, when Tesla was at its peak and its market capitalization exceeded one trillion U.S. dollars, becoming the world's most valuable automaker, someone complained to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology about Tesla's pedal logic, believing that acceleration had a significant braking effect. The pedal goes against the century-old driving habits of automobiles and is the main culprit of accidentally pressing the accelerator pedal.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s response at the time was:

Braking energy recovery and single-pedal driving mode are both new technologies for new energy vehicles. These technologies are not unique to Tesla. When purchasing and using related new energy products, users should be familiar with the technical characteristics of new energy vehicles to ensure driving safety.

In fact, the so-called "single pedal mode" is not the first of its kind by Tesla, and not only Tesla models on the market have this function. New energy models of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Polestar, smart and other brands can also use strong Kinetic energy is recovered to stop the vehicle.

However, compared to other companies, Tesla is much more radical.

In 2013, Tesla launched its first model, the Model S P85. At first, kinetic energy recovery could be completely turned off, but in an OTA upgrade, Tesla quietly "cut" the cancel button, and users could only choose between "low" kinetic energy recovery and "standard" kinetic energy recovery. .

In June 2020, Tesla made another important change to its kinetic energy recovery system, canceling the "low" kinetic energy recovery option in North American models, and users can only use "standard" kinetic energy recovery. Then in January 2021, the first batch of Model Y models delivered to the Chinese market only had the "standard" option .

For a long time, although many people in the industry have continued to call on Tesla to abandon the "single pedal mode", Tesla has never believed that there is a problem with this function. The only problem may be that "users don't know how to use it."

Tesla Global Vice President Tao Lin once said that Tesla needs to strengthen consumer education . In addition, she also denied on social media that the 246 "out-of-control accidents" in North America were related to Tesla's strong kinetic energy recovery setting.

Perhaps due to external pressure, Tesla finally recalled some models with production dates between January 12, 2019 and April 24, 2023, in May last year, totaling 1.1 million vehicles, equivalent to 10% of global cumulative sales. 1/4.

Tesla has launched a new function for the vehicles within the recall scope through OTA, allowing the driver to independently select the braking intensity of kinetic energy recovery, and will also issue a reminder on the screen when the driver depresses the accelerator pedal deeply for a long time.

After all, Tesla doesn't want to be blamed for "brake failure" anymore.

It’s your right foot that ultimately makes the decision

On the first day of the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, a Tesla car owner wore a white T-shirt with the words "Brake Failure" printed in red, climbed onto a Model 3 show car and shouted "Tesla Brake Failure", and then Tesla rushed Hot search.

Three years later, Tesla finally waited for the first-instance judgment and said goodbye to the shadow of "brake failure."

On the afternoon of May 30, the first-instance verdict of the reputation dispute between Tesla (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Ms. Zhang was announced by the People’s Court of Qingpu District, Shanghai: Ms. Zhang issued a public apology statement and compensated Tesla (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. The total loss was 172,275 yuan.

The judgment stated:

When Ms. Zhang made her remarks to the public, knowing that there was no solid basis for it, instead of paying attention to the objectivity and pertinence of her words, she deliberately chose to go to the Tesla booth area on the media day of the Shanghai Auto Show, and wore clothes with the words "brake failure" printed on them. T-shirt, climbed on the roof of the exhibition car and shouted "Tesla brake failure", deliberately using the on-site media to quickly and widely spread this unreliable information.

His words and deeds were obviously intentional and wrong to disparage the reputation of Tesla Shanghai Company. Ms. Zhang’s defense that she had no subjective fault was not accepted by the court.

Judging from the results, the court has rectified Tesla's name in terms of public opinion and the rule of law. However, the controversy surrounding the single-pedal mode has not come to an end. This unique driving method is different from our long-standing driving habits. There are indeed significant differences.

From this point of view, in the future, we are likely to still be able to control the acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle through the accelerator pedal, but at the last moment of parking, we still have to step on the brake pedal.

Don't underestimate the power of habit.

In the 1930s, in order to reduce pilot fatigue during long flights, the civil aviation field began to use three-axis stabilized autopilots. However, what followed was the pilot's over-reliance on the machine and possible sluggishness in emergency situations. In response, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed a series of strict standards and regulations.

In the automotive world, we are also looking for that hair-thin line of balance. The single-pedal mode has undoubtedly changed ordinary people's perception of driving. In an almost magical way, acceleration and braking are intertwined on the same pedal. But behind this feature, there are hidden challenges to driving habits and safety awareness.

In innovation in any industry, there is a boundary, one defined by security, regulation, user acceptance and social responsibility.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s current draft is an in-depth review of this boundary.

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