One of the benefits of electric cars is that many parts can be eliminated, simplifying the overall system. Could EVs eliminate brakes as well by slowing the car down using reverse torque from the motor?
I know this is a horrible idea for a number of reasons, but I'm wondering if there are any fundamental reasons why it couldn't be done. E.g. perhaps axles would fail from the torque required for extreme braking.
EDIT: I'm specifically asking about the case where the car provides a retarding torque using the motor that exceeds the amount that can be effectively used for regen braking. Or is regenerative braking torque limited by something that can't be solved with more power?