I have owned many Honda Accords in the past, but recently purchased a new Accord Hybrid Base model. I am averaging about 55MPG over the past 2 tanks and I would say I am very concious of accelerating slowly and braking only when I really have to. That is where my question comes in. I notice the charge indicator shows charging when I press the brake, but it also shows the same when I use the negative paddle 1-3 times when slowing down. Can anyone tell me the difference between the two and is one better than the other? I typically use the paddles to slow down and then brake at the end or if I need to stop more quickly. In my mind I feel like this is better as I am not using the brakes as much. I understand that the paddles use the electric motor to decelerate and generate power that way. When you brake does it do the same thing? Is it using the electric motor, the brakes, both? It obviously is generating power when braking somehow? I Asked this question of my service department and they said to call Honda. I said "I thought you were Honda!" They didn't appreciate my humor. Anyone have an answer to this?