Is it not true that pressing on the break pedal applies regenerative braking? You make it sound like the only time that regenerative braking takes place is when you are coasting to slow down. That would be silly. When you press the brakes regenerative braking takes place, the brake pads are only engaged when needed so pressing lightly on the brakes does not defeat any purpose, in fact I imagine you could leave it in D and just apply the right amount of brake pedal pressure to simulate L and get pretty much the same regeneration.
So it is not "self-defeating" except that it maybe slows you down faster and causes more regeneration than simply coasting.
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