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About QuantumFireball

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  1. On European PIPs it's 85 km/h or 53 MPH - the speedometer over-reads *a lot* on these cars :) The US version allows 62 MPH in EV Mode - don't know why it's lower for us. The new Prius Prime/PHV has an EV speed limit of 84 MPH but I don't know if this has been confirmed for European models yet.
  2. I'm getting about 9 miles with mine, but it can vary depending on driving conditions (lots of hills around here).
  3. Yes, the sat nav will measure the distance of the actual route and should also take elevation into account. If you get that or something else to measure actual distance travelled using GPS (I'm sure there are smartphone apps, never looked myself but I have a Garmin Edge for cycling that will do this) then it should also be more accurate than the odometer/trip counter.
  4. Try comparing the distances with measurements on Google Maps, or the sat nav. Maybe it's configured incorrectly for the wheel size fitted? Short trips with the heat on (causing more ICE idling) will return poor fuel economy - probably worse than what you were seeing in November, although I'm not sure what's expected with the gen 4.
  5. I've only noticed it doing anything resembling self-levelling when turning on the lights. I haven't done too much night time driving yet, but have got flashed a few times - though most of the time it looks like the lights are at a low enough level (not shining inside other cars).
  6. The AE86 Corolla Levin in '83 had an automatic flip grille :)
  7. Some more information here:
  8. If you're talking about the first gen Plug-in: You can put it into HV mode so it works like a normal hybrid Prius, but it will not necessarily preserve the charge - it will be used whenever MG2 is applying power as normal (low speeds or high load). The only mode it has that the normal Prius doesn't is "EV City" mode, which reduces ICE usage in EV mode.
  9. I wonder would using "Battery Charge Mode" actually be efficient at all? E.g. could charging the battery while motorway cruising then switching to EV mode when you reach slow roads work out better than just sticking to HV mode?
  10. Dare I ask how much it'll cost? :)
  11. I don't think there's much point in doing this - it will adapt to your driving habits/conditions pretty quickly. You're not going to gain any actual battery capacity. It could actually make ICE fuel consumption worse temporarily depending on what exactly gets reset. And won't you lose all the trees and flowers from the "Plug-in Effect" display? Very important :)
  12. 10 miles sounds normal enough. As said, it is based on previous driving and not particularly accurate - it's often referred to as a "guess-o-meter". Even if you turn on the fans (no AC) your range will reduce significantly. I usually get an estimation of 9.0-9.5 miles, but my driving involves a lot of hills and stop/start traffic. Also, after 3 years your batteries will have lost some capacity, maybe 5-10%? It's hard to tell really.
  13. I'm not sure if they fit but the wheels on pre-facelift models ('09-'12) look different from what I've seen. Anyway, I just took the hub caps off and got centre caps - I think the wheels look better without them.
  14. According to Google Maps the kind of steep hills I'm talking about are greater than 8% gradients - I cannot make good progress going up these in EV Mode. If you're getting 13-14 miles EV range then I suspect you have a lot less hills than I do - Cork city is all hills! :) I'm averaging 77 MPG but that's including a couple of cross-country trips (very little EV usage). With more local driving I'm getting over 100 MPG.
  15. The electric motor in EV mode is not particularly powerful (80 bhp max?) and even getting up to 30 MPH on very steep hills can be a challenge. You have to push the throttle quite hard to get the ICE to kick-in (going into "PWR" band in the HSI), and on European models there's also "EV City" mode (instead of "Power mode") - in this mode it restricts ICE usage even more and you pretty much have to floor it to get any ICE activity. The larger battery will allow much greater regen, although it has been observed on very steep descents that regenerative braking will stop and the ICE will kick in even before the battery is fully charged - it's suspected this is because something is getting too hot (MGs, inverter, battery?) rather than being a fixed limit on regen. But I think this is more likely on mountain passes than a "hill". EV Mode on European models is limited to 85 km/h (about 92 km/h indicated for me) - once you go beyond that speed the ICE will stay on. So you won't benefit much at motorway speeds. Even if you did stick to that speed the range won't be great. The real benefit would be if any of that commute is on slower roads, or in heavy traffic. On a journey like that I'd leave it in EV Mode when going <40 MPH or in traffic, and switch to HV Mode (normal hybrid mode like on a standard Prius) on the motorway sections. If you could do 25% of the journey in EV Mode (assuming you can charge at both ends) then that would make a notable difference in reducing fuel usage. The only other thing to watch out for is there's no spare wheel with the Plug-in. The European version still has the standard 45 litre tank (US versions are smaller for some reason). I haven't heard of any battery failures on these, and mine still seems to be giving decent range (9-10 miles in heavy traffic with lots of hills) after 4 years.