oaklandfunk
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forgive an ignorant quesion

Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:18 am

But Is the PHEV only fuel efficient around town? In other words is there no way to make things last longer on a road trip? A prius keeps its high efficiency the entire time you tool around but when I go past the 27miles from plugging in, its just a regular 4cyl vehicle? Is that just the way plug ins work or am I doing something wrong?

DibbyDibbyDJ
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:00 pm

Use the SAVE function. I use one regularly for work and achieve 4litres /100kms as an average, and that is with the a/c on most of the time.

I find that when battery is about 80% i hit the SAVE and leave it there, ICE does its thing when needed and journey continues
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littlescrote
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:27 am

That's not the way it works. Once the battery is 'empty' or the 'Save' function is used, it functions just as any of Toyota's (or anyone else's that doesn't use that marketing bullshit) 'self-charging' hybrids do. That means that it will recoup energy from braking and top up the battery a bit now and then from the engine and drive on battery when appropriate (at low speed, battery boost when more power needed etc).

It will never get as good fuel economic as a Prius as it's bigger and less aerodynamic, and heavier.

michael8554
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:31 am

The ICE has poor mpg when warming up, so my thought is that SAVE cycles the ICE on/off/on/off, so not that efficient.

I prefer to run EV to 5 miles left, then CHRG up to say 15 miles range, then run EV again, etc.

But I also try to use EV in town and B roads, and CHRG at 50 to 60 mph on A roads and Motorways - the permutations are endless, that's the fun of the PHEV!

Also B0 and coast most of the time, higher B if going too fast downhill!

Littlescote - agree with your Self Charging comments - 1 mile on EV then on with the ICE - pathetic!
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DibbyDibbyDJ
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:29 am

The only issue with using Charge is that if you are at a higher speed then the ICE can direct drive the car if it thinks necessary, and will not run the generator at all.
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JohanvdH
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:48 pm

Comparing the PHEV to a Prius is not really fair as the Prius has a slim design which allows it to use less fuel while driving.
Our PHEV are build like a brick so fuel efficienty is likely to be worse than it is on a Prius.
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nils944
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:06 pm

For what it's worth, we used to own a Prius and it was more fuel efficient in town than it was on the highway/motorway - in that sense just like the PHEV.
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Kesto
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:50 pm

Unfair to compare Prius. Outy is a 4x4. Driving 30-40 miles with ICE running for say 5-7 miles you'd get 90-100 mpg (19 model), I don't think prius can do that much.

Ridfenfun
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:43 am

I find by far the largest impact to energy usage per KM, whether gas or electric driven, is the speed you are running. That is why even conventional non plug in hybrids usually (maybe always?) do better on city rating than hwy.
Speed and elevation change for your trip have huge impacts.
My approach is to save EV range for when it's most effective (ie low speeds) then run charge when I think I can get it to run in parallel mode. Even then, above a certain speed or combined with climbing even minor elevation, when in parallel, it will temporarily at least stop recharging the battery, from what the display shows.
Intersting the above comment about running down to 80% charge then using SAVE mode, I'll have to give that a try!

dgmulti
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Re: forgive an ignorant quesion

Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:31 am

DibbyDibbyDJ wrote:The only issue with using Charge is that if you are at a higher speed then the ICE can direct drive the car if it thinks necessary, and will not run the generator at all.
Not completly true...
It is running the generator all the time - but at 42MPH to 60MPH the generator output is lower due to teh engine RPM being lower than its "Charge" setting, At 60+ MPH the generator output is the same BUT some of the engine output will be driving the front wheels directly thus MPG will be 10% ish worse than being on "Save" mode - "Charging" using the Engine is not an efficient use of the Fuels energy...
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