Would like to discuss a technique that I've tried, i.e "Reverse Drive without Brake". During severe bumper-to-bumper, crawling traffic, I find that crawling along (effectively on EV-mode) is ineffective since any engine recharge (to bring up the SOC) usually will result in a *huge* FC hit. The SOC will only rise by one bar, which allows you to move on EV-mode for a few more meters before it recharges again. The FC hit is horrendous! It may be better to drive with a very heavy-footed pulse (not wide open, but well into the right hand region of the HSD gauge and perhaps into the PWR region), and holding that pulse until you are near enough to the next car that you need to brake (safely, and without triggering emergency friction braking). This is to ensure that the car moves mostly on gasoline (aided by some regenerative braking), which allowed me to hold off engine recharge for a lot longer, with moderate impact on FC (rather good as compared to engine recharge!). From several observations so far, this seems like an effective way to combat crawling traffic. However, it is also rather counter-intuitive and violates the "driving without brakes" principles. What do you guys think?