Eli5 why electric cars don’t have smthn like reverse thrust while braking (wheels spin backwards in hard braking situation)

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Eli5 why electric cars don’t have smthn like reverse thrust while braking (wheels spin backwards in hard braking situation)

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Anonymous 0 Comments

As soon as the wheels lose grip on the road braking gets far worse. Spinning wheels backwards is still way worse than just slowing down

Anonymous 0 Comments

Brake calipers also work very well for that purpose. There just no reason to use a motor to serve the same purpose.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Because that would just make the wheels lose traction, causing the card to skid uncontrollably rather than stopping.

You know “reverse thrust” on a plane doesn’t make the landing gear wheels spin backwards, right?

Anonymous 0 Comments

When your braking, you don’t wan’t the tires to slip on the road surface and start spinning. It’s less efficient and wears out your tires much quicker.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The problem is that the larger the difference between the tire speed and the road speed, the less grip you have. Eventually the tire will melt and you will just glide on melted rubber.

Inversely this is also why, while burn out is fun, it is not the best way to launch the car.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Many do use the motors to recapture power which does slow the car. It’s very effective and reduces brake wear to the point Teslas need their brakes greased every 6 months because they’re used so little.

You don’t want opposite tire spin because once you’ve broken traction, you have no directional control. If you’re doing 70mph, you don’t want your tires spinning freely while in a panic as the maximum rate of slowing is limited to the tire’s traction.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Brake calipers also work very well for that purpose. There just no reason to use a motor to serve the same purpose.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Gas cars also don’t have the “backward wheel spin” that you’re suggesting could be “reverse thrust while braking”.

And like the other person said, if a car did that then it wouldn’t make sense because it would mean the wheels lost traction.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Your wheels generate the most force when they are *just barely slipping*. If you graph the two, it looks something like [this](https://www.hondata.com/help/tractioncontrol/wheelslip.gif).

When you slam on the brakes, you want your wheels to just barely skid. Too much skid means you get *less* traction. Spinning the wheels the whole wrong way means *even more skid*.

In a traditional car you’d have an ABS system to ensure that your wheels get the right amount of skid. Teslas have even more advanced systems, and other electrics may as well. These get the best possible traction, which again, means almost no slip.

Anonymous 0 Comments

As soon as the wheels lose grip on the road braking gets far worse. Spinning wheels backwards is still way worse than just slowing down