I'm not going to call you on it other than that. I agree that many of the current popular offerings in the market mostly match what you are saying to some extent + so fair enough. I don't want to imply a perfect world + I don't want to say that the current offerings are necessarily good, or a smart buy in terms of $/value, etc.
What is more interesting to me is what might be achievable going forward, and this is why I keep bringing up that wheel motor example. I have no idea whether it will be viable in the marketplace (having 4 motors does increase cost + complexity + it really depends a lot on the design and manufacture among other things)... but, to address your "men"...
"1. Regenerative braking is not operative at very low vehicle speed; conventional brake pads have to be used in order to make the vehicle stop;"
iirc, PML (at the time) claimed that they do not need conventional brakes on their motors - they can optionally provide them as a parking brake or to satisfy manufacturer or government requirements but braking performance meets requirements without. The motor/generator is directly bolted to the wheel. Even if they did have a small pad in there we don't know about, the amount of energy going from 5mph to 0mph is pretty small compared to the rest of stopping from 40mph. The actual % lost there would depend on the lowest speed before applying friction (my 5mph was hypothetical).
"2. Regenerative braking is only available on driven wheels;"
4 wheel drive?
"3. In braking where the braking performance is crucial, the braking force is matched to the maximum that the wheel contact patch can generate, which is many times the output of the typical drive train. In a hybrid, the electric motor/generator is only sized to be a small fraction of the total drive train output."
For the first half, see answer to 1, though you are correct that it does depend on the sizing of the system + weight of the car and it is more critical that 60-0 be fast than 0-60*. A hybrid can have any ratio of fuel/battery or EV/ICE... If one is using a small ICE as a generator to extend range it may only need to provide the cruising hp, which is surprisingly low if the top speed is limited (ie racing Bugatti Veyrons is out).
As to the other items, who said regenerative braking needs to recharge a Li-ion battery? Who said there needs to be a transmission or extended drive train? I agree that there are inefficiencies in the system. The trouble is you are trying to do a system budget for an adhoc/unknown/made up system with numbers that may or may not be accurate... so it's pretty easy to knock down... classic strawman...
* a little aside here: electric motors have very different torque curves than ICE... the torque spec for that mini was insane. something like 2000lb-ft of torque and it all switches on from 0... this was of course electronically limited + controlled (can you imagine the smoke + loss of rubber? ha!). This would go a long way in terms of improving stopping power. How much of PML's "specs" are unsubstantiated claims, I don't know, but it is an interesting idea... certainly the claims are very impressive. That we haven't seen much of the Mini being driven makes one wonder, but Volvo (and others) have worked with this technology, so there is something interesting there...
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