Wow, thanks so much for such fast replies guys
this makes much more sense now, very good explanations. Do you use these buttons often? I feel like I would rather not touch these and let the car figure out everything on its own.
Also, is there anything on the dashboard that tells if the vehicle is currently running on ICE or Power? I can't usually tell if the ICE is running, it's so quiet compared to my previous car, which was a Diesel Nissan X-Trail
I have been using mainly the charge button
During holidays trips, which I can't recharge my car by the main (like I do when I'm at home) ... I do the following:
- When running between villages, so not using any autobahn ... I like to click on charge and use B3 when I'm between villages at speed over 70km/h ... and then run in EV mode inside villages ... the PHEV design is not efficient when running in hybrid mode with speed below ~65km/h ... so not only crossing a village in EV mode is better for the people of the village, but as well, it is more fuel efficient too to run in pure EV mode when driving slow
- When I cruise on autobahn ... I like to use CHARGE ... for have 10/15km of EV range .. and then switch to EV mode for 10/15km ... and charge again ... this because I believe making the ICE to run continuously for longer time then on normal automatic mode (every 2km) it sounds more efficient to me
Only issue ... you should all time remember to switch off CHARGE .. else if CHARGE is on .. and car is standing at a traffic light .. it is a big waste in efficiency
Other challenge ... when using CHARGE ... is that when arriving at destination ready for charge the car from main .. ideally the EV range should be zero ... and it is not always easy to save or charge the exact km needed for reach the destination which is normally outside the high speed street which should be beneficial to be done with CHARGE on (but just for get the exact needed EV range for arrive at destination)
PS: I did notice that using charge the ICE kick in in a more lazy mode ... while SAVE does kick in almost in full power mode ...