maby
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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Fri May 11, 2018 1:18 pm

elm70 wrote:
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PS: Both CHARGE and SAVE do nothing if the battery is over 80% fully charged ...
Mine will happily burn petrol continually in an attempt to get the battery up to 100% in CHARGE mode!

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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Fri May 11, 2018 2:01 pm

When pressed while soc was still above 80%? Our when pressed when soc was already below 80%?

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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Mon May 14, 2018 10:54 am

anko wrote:When pressed while soc was still above 80%? Our when pressed when soc was already below 80%?
I'm not completely sure to tell you the truth - would you expect it to make any difference? I don't regularly drive in "Charge" mode - as you know, I drive in "save" to retain the charge that I put in from the mains. On a few occasions, I have allowed the SOC to drop low and have used Charge to bring it up to a reasonable level. I had heard suggestions here that Charge would not take the car over 80%, so I did run a couple of tests. I put the car into "Charge" mode and left it there - it took the battery up close to 100% but never cut the petrol engine - on one occasion I was stopped at traffic lights with the engine running reasonably fast and the battery stuck just below 100%. This was when the car was reasonably new, so I don't think it was a symptom of battery degradation.

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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Mon May 14, 2018 12:44 pm

As I have mentioned once or twice, when towing my aim is to keep an as high as possible SOC. Typically, this means I will hit the Charge button as soon as I drive out of our street. I thought I had noticed a couple of times, pressing Charge would not (immediately) start the engine if I did it to quickly. I assumed it was because SOC was too high at that moment. For this reason, I was curious about your experiences.

Yesterday, we towed our caravan over approx. 80 km. Before I got a change to engage Charge mode then engine had already started because I had "floored" it (*). As soon as I heard the engine, I remembered to press Charge and I did. At that time, SOC was around 83%. The engine kept running in serial mode and produced just enough power to drive the car and increase SOC bit by bit. It kept running in serial mode even after we entered the motorway (doing 60+ MPH). Don't know why it does / did that, but it started doing this about a year ago. Either way, I like it, as it means I can maintain high SOC for when I need it.

Funny enough, presumable because SOC is that low, the car does not feel the need to increase SOC very fast. So, although RPM is not fixed with speed, the very high revving stays out. Not ideal, but much better than towing with low SOC, where the car switches between parallel mode and high revving serial mode every tow minutes or so.

(*) Due to the poor state of health of my battery, the battery will not release more then 45 kW unless it has to. Not nearly enough for towing.

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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:26 pm

all of these hypothesizes on how much gas to charge the battery are pretty much irrelevant. Unless of course you are just asking if sitting my driveway, is it cheaper to use the grid to charge the battery or the ICE
You are presumably in the car to get some where. So to get there you need to, in our case, to use electric, gas or a combination. You can not simply say that it need X amount of gas to charge the battery to X % SOC.
The more accurate question would be, how MUCH extra gas do I use when charging the battery while driving ? The car uses X amount of gas to simply run the engine, then it uses X + ? to move the car down the road, THEN it uses X+?+? to move down the road AND charge the battery simultaneously.
Now assuming that you are not just driving to charge the battery X+? are not relevant because you wanted to go from where you were to where you wanted to be anyway ! So only the second ? is relevant
I think that makes sense, it does in my head anyway

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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Sat May 01, 2021 1:52 am

Bearhunter wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:26 pm
all of these hypothesizes on how much gas to charge the battery are pretty much irrelevant. Unless of course you are just asking if sitting my driveway, is it cheaper to use the grid to charge the battery or the ICE
You are presumably in the car to get some where. So to get there you need to, in our case, to use electric, gas or a combination. You can not simply say that it need X amount of gas to charge the battery to X % SOC.
The more accurate question would be, how MUCH extra gas do I use when charging the battery while driving ? The car uses X amount of gas to simply run the engine, then it uses X + ? to move the car down the road, THEN it uses X+?+? to move down the road AND charge the battery simultaneously.
Now assuming that you are not just driving to charge the battery X+? are not relevant because you wanted to go from where you were to where you wanted to be anyway ! So only the second ? is relevant
I think that makes sense, it does in my head anyway
That totally misses the point of how the car actually works. When you're outside of your EV range, the car WILL charge the battery way, way more than half the time whether you like it or not, going round the Hysteresis Loop in SAVE or with no buttons pressed. If the ICE is running, it WILL ALWAYS try to charge the drive battery whether you like it or not. It may not be able to do so if the power requirements are too high or the battery is nearing full. So it will basically use X amount of fuel (energy) to get from A to B, assuming you arrive with an empty battery. You can vary 'X' slightly by choosing when the car will charge the drive battery and trying to maximise efficiency. So in effect SAVE & CHRG timeshift when the car car charges, but not how much energy it needs to do the journey. Again, this assumes that you arrive at your destination with an empty battery.

Most people suggest that charging at higher speeds and using EV at lower speeds is the way to improve efficiency, though there are no real figures to back this up.
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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Sat May 01, 2021 9:11 am

I am not disputing any of the actual physics or science involved in any of the charging versus everything else discussions.
I am merely putting forward the notion that we bought a vehicle to get from A to B. So assuming that getting from A to B was the original goal, the rest needs to be thought about within that context.
I can see that Hybrid owners in general, on the most part are a weird breed and I doubt that many other kinds of car owners take a tape measure with them to see how many meters more they got out of a charge this time. Part of the fun !

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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Mon May 03, 2021 1:33 am

While I (think that I) see the point you are trying to make, people are interested in the cost of owning cars, especially these ones with vastly more options than a plain ICE. But I'm disagreeing with your earlier statement that it uses more fuel to use CHRG - it doesn't for the reasons in my previous post. In the process of getting from A to B, the car will use the energy it needs, but you can influence how that energy is deployed for environmental or cost reasons. So you can drive around town in EV because it's better for the local environment or because it could save you money.
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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Tue May 04, 2021 5:47 am

There are few postulates that we can consider:
Running on electricity is more efficient (otherwise you should not own the vehicle)
Running on electricity is cleaner for urban areas.
The efficiency of ICE is much better on constant highway speeds than in stop and go traffic.

All those postulates makes the question "you can drive around town in EV because it's better for the local environment or because it could save you money." irrelevant cause it's both at the same time - better for the local environment and saving you money.

The third postulate should answer the question when is better to top up the battery by pressing CHARGE for the stop and go traffic ahead if any.
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Re: Battery Charge/Save Buttons

Tue May 04, 2021 9:06 am

You could add "The engineers at Mitsubishi know best" and leave the button pushing to the guys on this forum :)

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