Mike J.

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  1. There is a proper kit for this, sold by Toyota. Note that you are only allowed to use it for bike rack type things - not for towing!
  2. If you read the manual, it shows where you can connect jump leads - connections are under the bonnet. This might be an option to use when connecting a trickle charger.
  3. Some good info and downloadable pictures - looks like a HUD option is available - probably not for the UK, same as the 1.5kW output that the Japanese find useful during (frequent?) electricity blackouts. Nice 4WD axle picture - no spare wheel space with this option? Will there be a pre-heat option ….???
  4. Nice work by Toyota, more compact CVT gear train with higher speed EV mode, the latest Atkinson motor and over 30% more power from the electric motor which should give excellent performance from standstill. From the pictures the battery looks like it is around 0.75kWh with probably 48 3.7 volt cells. Check out the Lithium battery used in a non-plugin US Prius as a comparison: https://voltaplex.com/learn/prius-2017-lithium-ion-battery-teardown/ If the car is able to do more miles in EV mode, the lithium battery is probably used harder and deeper as the old battery had more kWh, (0.9 but seemed to use just the 'middle' 25%) and only did around 1 mile. Also, the cat position looks unsteal-able!
  5. Its a hybrid and I gave up t-shirts years ago. FWIW, I have just 'told' my car to be snug and warm for a 6am start tomorrow - which is nice. If my old Yaris had this facility I would still have it - they are great urban cars.
  6. I have two possible ways to help reduce the problem: most Toyota cars (post 2012?) have stability control that uses motion sensing - Toyota could reprogram these cars to alarm on tilting. Toyota should allow 3rd party cats (£200 and not wanted by the perps?) to be fitted without warranty issues - no more 3 month waits for £1000 cats that might be stolen the next day..
  7. Unless they do a PHEV version, cabin heating and battery charging uses the petrol motor so fuel will be used in winter. Then again, there will be the odd trip that can be done pollution 'free', if you dress up warm and use just the heated seats and steering wheel with no cabin heating - you might get a few miles as long as the screen doesn't mist/freeze up.
  8. With the Rover SD1, oil goes down the middle of the mainshaft to lubricate items that won't get splash lubricated. My conjecture is that oil is also pumped down the middle of the two epicyclic gear sets (around the oil pump shaft) for the same reason. Check out holes in the shaft of the Power Split Device Planet Carrier.
  9. In neutral, there is no energy created, otherwise you couldn't move the car! The lack of flowing transmission oil/coolant is the issue as with older manual transmissions with oil pumps.
  10. If I remember correctly, the engine will start if the speed is over around 42mph, so some protection if speeds are high and you are not using B mode.
  11. EV mode only occurs at low power and speeds and for a short while, so the residual oil and that that splashes around is deemed to be sufficient - I guess.
  12. It seems I was correct in my first guess (based on manual gearboxes with oil pumps), the oil pump doesn't work when towed (it needs the engine to run) so the gearbox will get damaged: https://youtu.be/5lg6yC5_-Bs?t=2158 Which is interesting on fast, long downhill stretches as it would point to B mode being almost mandatory!
  13. It doesn't get created in this instance - regeneration stops, that is why the cars have a B mode to get retardation that compensates for no regen.
  14. Of course you can tow the cars but you have a high chance of gearbox damage - the further you tow, the more likely the damage. I think this may answer the hybrid issue as the gearbox also relies on an oil pump.
  15. Details are in the car manual and also mentioned in the Haynes manual: "Manual gearbox models must not be towed with the rear wheels on the ground unless the propeller shaft has been disconnected …."