Calculating in a more efficient way than the very detailed way in the previous post, the results are as follows:
- The measured economy by miles divided by gallons at fill-up: 50.60
- The calculated economy without regenerative braking: 47.55
- Gallons per 100 miles: 1.976
- Gallons per 100 miles without regenerative braking: 2.103
- Per cent fuel savings: 6.04%
Not much different, so I think that it's safe to say that regenerative braking saves about 6% of the fuel I'd otherwise use.
I'm a bit surprised that the number is that low. In this post I discussed some of the factors that make hybrids so much more fuel efficient than their non-hybrid cousins and the regenerative braking was one of the factors I considered most important.
There is no non-hybrid CT with which to compare the fuel economy. I went to the DOE fuel economy site for the Camry (the four cylinder version) and for the Camry hybrid. Using the combined highway and city estimates for each (28 m.p.g. and 41 m.p.g. respectively) it looks like the hybrid, per the government's test protocol, will use about 31.7% less fuel over any distance. It's reasonable to infer that, while the regenerative braking is a significant fuel saver, other factors (operating more frequently on more efficient areas of the engine map, capturing energy while coasting, automatic engine shut-off where appropriate, etc.) are at least as important.