altocumulus

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About altocumulus

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  • First Name
    Geoff
  • Gender*
    Male
  • Toyota Model
    Prius PHEV Excel
  • Toyota Year
    2018
  • Location
    Aberdeenshire
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  1. altocumulus

    PHEV

    EV Journey. Shopping trip. 16 miles round. Scoring 94/100 outbound; 96/100 inbound. Battery charge range 27.5 miles - made it home with 1.6 miles to spare. No heating on.
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    2nd gen hybrid battery failing

    All I can offer is :eek!: This won't help much as they're in London - But might give an idea on costs, though they seem to concentrate on reconditioning.... http://www.ukhybridautomotive.co.uk/
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    What's up with my brakes??

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    What's up with my brakes??

    I'm like you, in that I tend to be as gentle on the braking as I can - though idiots can upset that methodology - and may explain why my hybrids have suffered similarly. Luckily (sadly) I don't hear anything anyway; just the passengers! Our PHV might still be too young to have started singing to us.
  5. altocumulus

    PHEV

    I don't often, these days, forage into the manuals - often because they're written in poor syntax or full of what seems unnecessary waffle. I'm not too sure what the benefit to a driver is on the average consumption of electrical energy is.
  6. altocumulus

    PHEV

    From the manual ...
  7. altocumulus

    PHEV

    Hi Jay, Real-time meter in EV mode. As you can see, accelerate and the blue bar goes below the marker, otherwise it rises above. It's quite low down on the display and difficult to perceive any real movement in it, in the same way it moves when in HV mode. I wonder if it's related to battery range and real mileage; i.e. stick on the pointer and one mile battery range = one mile real road? : Above good, below bad!
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    PHEV

  9. altocumulus

    PHEV

    PV experience : ECOMode. Home to Banchory, 29.5 miles. Roads wet, some rain. Outbound : 63mpg, score 83/100. Inbound : 79.9mpg, score 88/100. (Had 84.5mpg some 5 miles from home) Had to periodically switch on de-misting which the scoring algorithm obviously frowns on! Battery at start (after overnight charge) 30.5 miles, at end 32.5 miles. Interesting exercise in many ways, suggests I could eek more mpg by using EV on those known incline stages of road, HV on descent/level. Toyota could have added an inclinometer/altimeter so so it would recognise that occasionally one has to drive up hills!
  10. altocumulus

    What's up with my brakes??

    If you've taken it to a garage, Toyota one?, they should be aware and should be able to say whether that's the issue, and not something else?
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    What's up with my brakes??

    Have you had a check to see if there's a build up of dust. There's a known issue with the Prius, and Toyota Hybrids, in that its regenerative braking system doesn't seem to clear dust that is generated. The advice I was once given was to do emergency tops every so often, otherwise it's a £100 cleaning job at the garage! (But I can't hear what the sound is, sorry, so I may be up the wrong tree with the wrong paddle! :D)
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    Gen 4 Prius with 15" wheels - Combined (mpg)

    "I regularly (weekly) find a quiet safe piece of road and do some hard braking to try to keep brake parts moving, especially rear brakes. " That's the bit I keep forgetting to do - with our Gen2 it was a £100 each service to clean them! Never did learn that lesson on the Gen3, nor the RAV4 Hy, but hopefully now I have to pay my own servicing, I might remember 😄
  13. altocumulus

    Gen 4 Prius with 15" wheels - Combined (mpg)

    What kind of roads do you journey on?
  14. altocumulus

    PHEV

    I suspect it kicked in on the hills, but I was so surprised to notice the bars that It didn't register as to why. We have a lot of inclines around, so I should be able to monitor it more closely. I agree about the optimistic battery range, though it proved accurate on the way into Aberdeen. It does, however lose 5 miles or so on the homeward journey. Yesterday coming home from the airport we had to use the heating which probably won't help. But the round-trip of 42 miles gave us an on-board readout of 145mpg and 94/100. It's annoying I'm penalised in the score by being warm in the car! I'll have a look at the real-time meter. The Traffic Sign Assist is, if anything, more inaccurate that it was in either of the RAV4s! - perhaps height related? On the pre-heat/cool as an option on charging, the Toyota advisor has obviously been chatting to her Techs and they passed on a copy of the relevant pages from the manual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At least they say the facility is there - just can't seem to experience it at the moment.
  15. altocumulus

    PHEV

    One thing I've noticed is that in EV mode, the ICE will occasionally kick in, even with a 'full' battery. - Perhaps that's the main difference between EV and EVCity in that the latter doesn't allow the ICE? No longer can I strive to achieve a full house of bars on the trip information display - in EV it doesn't even give a full bar ..... Battery charge reached 33.5 mile range for this morning.