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QuantumFireball

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About QuantumFireball

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    Prius Plug-in
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    2012
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  1. The clock on the Gen 3 is integrated into the MFD, it's not a separate device.
  2. Yes, mine's not great - I don't know how quickly it goes off but I've had to adjust it several times in the year I've had the car.
  3. The OBDLink LX is Bluetooth. There is only a wifi version of the MX, which is more expensive again. I got a Belkin dash/windscreen mount from Halfords, and mounted it on the quarter light in the A-pillar in my Prius. Seems OK, a bit wobbly when going over rough roads.
  4. Yeah I use an OBDLink LX, which is what they recommend (I already had one). Not the cheapest scanner by any means but it's reliable, has a 3 year warranty, and is faster than the cheap stuff. Still hesitant to leave it plugged in though...
  5. There is some documentation here: http://hybridassistant.blogspot.ie/p/manual.html I tried it on a longer journey yesterday, but unfortunately the battery went on my phone right at the end of my journey and it failed to save the data :( Will have to try it again...
  6. I didn't know about that Hybrid Assistant app, tried it out yesterday and it's quite useful - lots of data straight out of the box (unlike something like Torque where you have to create the screens from scratch). The Hybrid Reporter app is also very interesting, although maybe too much information :)
  7. I didn't know there was a touch up kit for pearlescent paint. I have a 2012 Plug-in in white pearl and also have a few scratches and stone chips I'd like to sort out - looks like a previous owner tried to correct some but did a crap job, like they used plain white paint or something. Not sure exactly what you're saying about this "Gen 3" stuff but any wax or sealant need to be completely removed before doing any touch-up work.
  8. Why would that put you off a PHEV? You only have to charge when it suits you. I guess if you couldn't charge regularly from home or work then it probably doesn't make much sense.
  9. OK, I'm not familiar with UK terminology. "Fast" here means anything >23kW, and we don't use the term "rapid".
  10. The 1st gen PIP is limited to 10A, so 10A @ 230 V means a maximum of about 2.1 kW. Or did you mean the max charging capacity is 3.3 kWh? The new model only has a 3.3 kW charger AFAIK. That blog post about the free charger offer only mentions upgrading to a 32A installation for "future proofing", so I suspect the Prius can't avail of this - having a 32A charger would make a lot more sense if you switched to a BEV, especially as capacities are increasing over 30 kWh. I assume if you use a granny cable on the new Prius it would still be limited to 10A, as no one seems to trust sustained loads of 13A on domestic sockets. Using a Type 2 cable is not about fast charging (I wouldn't call 16A "fast" :) ) - it's just the European standard for AC charging. Pretty much all other cars have them now (except older models like the Leaf). Not sure about the UK, but all public AC charging points (standard and fast) are Type 2 here. CCS and ChaDeMo are used for fast DC charging.
  11. I think the Leaf makes a lot of sense as a second car. It seems like too much of an inconvenience for longer trips as you describe. I don't know how good the public charging infrastructure is in England, but reliability and contention seems to be just as much of a problem as it is here. I've had a Prius Plug-in for nearly a year and it has worked well for me, for both short and long trips. I can do about 30% of my driving in EV mode (around town, short commute to work). I also got a cable for public charging, though financially it doesn't make a lot of sense (I get free parking and free charging here, but it would take years to make back the cost of the cable). The only big disappointment is the fact it needs to run the ICE for cabin heating, so it's not great for EV driving in the winter (I can get anything from 40-200 MPG depending on the journey and outside temp.).
  12. There's a switch on the passenger side edge of the dashboard - if you open the door you'll see it. It's in the owner's manual, "Airbag manual on-off system (for Europe)".
  13. A modern diesel is so much worse for such a commute - they take ages to warm up so will run inefficiently for a lot of it, and with a lot of short journeys the particulate filter and EGR valve will clog up in no time. With a Prius/Auris hybrid it will only take 1-2 minutes at most to get up to normal operating temperature. As others have said you won't get great fuel economy in winter (it uses the ICE cooling system for cabin heating like any normal ICE car, so more cabin heat = more ICE idling), but should do much better in warmer weather.
  14. There's a massive divide between expectations and requirements for someone like Toyota selling a car globally, vs. some lads in a shed in California selling some battery kit. When producing a car there are varying type approval standards around the world, safety standards, etc. - Toyota need to be sure these batteries will be safe in numerous conditions, and want to get respectable ratings in things like the Euro NCAP and NHTSA crash tests. Unfortunately all this has a penalty on battery density, and cost. People selling aftermarket modifications for cars have much less to worry about in order to sell their products, and they may not be so safe in the event of an accident.
  15. But what's the second connection right of the Type 2 socket pictured? Hard to tell with that cap on...