Ten Ninety

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  1. Actually, they do (as long as PCSS is on). It's just one that's only accessible by the manufacturer.
  2. Ten Ninety

    Phone mount

    Your reply wasn't misleading at all. I was curious, so looked up the product on Amazon and found it here, where it describes a separate 'one-time use' dashboard pad that I assumed was similar to the one I have. Maybe I found a different version to the one you've got. Either way, it looks like a good solution for a phone. Your photo shows a position that's pretty much identical to where I have my TomTom. As you say, it's ideally placed without obscuring anything. One point I forgot to raise was that the quarter-light mount is only suitable on the Gen4 if you're not running a cable to the phone, as it opens with the door and risks stretching or disconnecting if you're plugged in! The Gen3 had a fixed quarter-light, which I used to use like Aaron above.
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    Phone mount

    If you're going for the windscreen or quarter light, you might need a mount with a long 'arm' to bring the phone within touching distance. When I looked at this, I found both the windscreen and quarter light glass to be quite a long way away from the wheel. The good news is, running a cable up to that location is far from tortuous. As long as you have a long enough cable, it's actually very easy. Go from the rear socket, under the rear floor mat, then underneath the plastic trim at the bottom of the door which pulls off and reattaches quite easily. There's even enough space under the trim for a USB extension plug/socket if you haven't got a single cable long enough. From there, go up the side of the dash and push the cable in between the rubber seal and the dash, which brings it out in just the right place. The trim removal and replacement is really very simple. No tools needed, and if I can do it, anyone can! Hugh's dash mount option is also well worth considering. I've done that with my TomTom device, which uses a similar method to the iOttie - a plastic circular disk which sticks to the dash, onto which you can attach the usual windscreen sucker mount. The advantage is that this offers perfect positioning, within fingertip reach and without obscuring any part of the screen. However, I did need to glue the disk to the dash permanently, as the included double-sided tape wasn't strong enough to support the TomTom's weight. For a phone, I imagine this would not be necessary as the tape would probably suffice.
  4. That's much closer to my experience. I expect the onboard miles per kWh figures are overestimated by a small margin, probably similar to the mpg readout optimism. Still, I don't believe we have 7kWh available for EV mode - at best that figure would includes the HV battery range as well, like Alan suggested above. The highest estimated range I've seen is something like 42.5 miles after extended periods of summer driving with no heat or air-con but I've never seen anything like that in reality - somewhere around 36 miles has been my best. However, that was enough for me to achieve my 'holy grail' in August this year after many attempts - my entire commute both ways (~65 miles) completed with a readout of 199.9mpg. If only I could get a charge point at work - then I might have a go at matching your 629mpg!
  5. Had you reset the consumption figure for that journey? I just can't square 4.3 miles per kWh with travelling 34.5 miles based on what my car tells me about my journeys. The MFD says I've been averaging 5.5 miles per kWh in the summer, and 34-35 miles has been about my limit of real EV travel. However, we all know Toyota moves in mysterious ways when it comes to reporting consumption and range figures on the MFD, so anything is possible! 😄 It will be the same for the PHV but I think there's still going to be a chunk left unused for longevity. Ancient Nerd measured 6.5kWh going in, but there's charging losses to take account of which would probably bring that below 6 in terms of actual battery charge. Add the extra for HV mode (I'd guess around 0.7kWh based on the US Prius Gen4 ordinaires with li-ion batteries) and that's still not more than 7kWh in total available to use across EV and HV. That 'feels' about right based on the distance I can travel. Even allowing for my MFD electricity consumption figures to be as overstated as the MFD mpg ones are, if the 7kWh was just for EV mode than I'd routinely be getting 36-38 miles of actual travel. However, I've actually only passed 36 miles maybe once or twice.
  6. How are you arriving at your 4.3 figure? And by 'had a range' do you mean the indicated range on startup, or actual miles travelled? I only ask because on the last occasion that I managed to squeeze out 35 miles of actual EV driving, the MFD (reset just for that journey) was suggesting I was getting over 6 miles/kWh!
  7. I thought I'd seen that 7kWh figure somewhere official, but I can't find the source now. If anything, I think that's probably overstating it. I charge from a 3-pin and don't monitor what goes in each time myself, but somewhere between 6 and 6.5kWh usable capacity would fit with the indicated average miles per kWh and actual EV miles travelled.
  8. The miles per kWh figure is on one of the MFD screens - the figure only resets when you dig into the menu and tell it to, so it will be an 'overall' since the last time it was reset.
  9. Geoff, what's your overall miles per kWh for that time?
  10. The PHV's battery capacity is 8.8kWh, but it's managed so that only 7kWh is usable. No need to worry about always topping it up, because it will never be technically 'full' anyway.
  11. It is a disappointment. However, the lamp units can be manually adjusted upwards (from the factory they're set to point at the floor about 10 yards in front of the car) and once that's done it transforms dipped beam in something actually useful, with a decent spread and reach even without any enhanced wide beam. I have cornering lights on the GS and don't really miss them when I'm in the Prius, now I've done the adjustment. The upward adjustment is necessary to make dipped beam properly usable up to 40mph, because with no 'low speed' setting the Auto High Beam function won't actually engage at all until you go over that speed. Once it's kicked in, the shuttering function is surprisingly effective in oncoming traffic although like all AHB systems it removes the ability to courtesy-dip before the approaching car actually appears around the bend or over the hill. As a result, I've taken to turning the AHB off completely, which also means I can flick onto the unshuttered, max-intensity 'high speed' main beam at whatever speed I wish. It is insanely powerful, and makes night driving on lightly-trafficked roads a joy. The reach is enough to catch on reflective surfaces like road signs fully a mile distant! I did mention the inadequate factory dipped beam height settings to Toyota UK when I was complaining about the crippled AHB system. The representative said he would 'pass on' that information. Given that the same representative also said the brochure would be changed, I doubt the facelift cars are leaving the factory with more appropriately-adjusted lamps either.
  12. Thanks for posting that excerpt. I am disappointed but not remotely surprised that Toyota UK have changed precisely nothing in that to reflect reality - it is identical to the pre-facelift brochure and points 1 and 4 are completely wrong. There is no low-speed mode on UK cars, nor do the lights steer around corners at all. I doubt they've actually changed the cars themselves, so I suspect that page is as misleading as it was for the pre-facelift PHV. I guess we'll have to wait until someone buys a facelift PHV to test the lights' operation!
  13. I just use the 3-pin and charge every night, which works for me as the car is only really used for commuting. I think it takes around 3 hours for a full charge this way. Even with a wall box it will take around 2 hours as the car can't do proper fast-charging, so it didn't seem worth the investment to me.
  14. Does it describe the adaptive headlights as steering the beam around corners, or operating a wide beam at low speed?
  15. Do you have a copy? It's still missing online. I would be very interested to know if they have updated it so it actually tells the truth about the adaptive headlights, as Toyota UK suggested to me they would be updating it to reflect how these actually operate on UK cars. Also, the auto pre-heating function should now no longer be included as that isn't fitted to UK cars either. Unless, of course, they've changed the spec for the 2019 version.