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  1. Initially, I thought the buttons just altered the throttle position map, but PWR mode does something else; it will keep the engine running above ~30mph rather than drop to EV mode if it can. This can improve overall response as well as making the throttle more sensitive. In theory I'd imagine that should also cause it to consume a tiny bit more fuel rather than be more fuel efficient. Eco does reduce the climate control, but it appears to just preset the fan to 'soft'. A few weeks back when we had the 38c day, I took a trip to Leeds and tested eco vs normal/pwr and found that aside from the fan speed, the AC compressor output did not appear reduced in any way. I've also tested this in a normal day and again, it doesn't seem to have reduced cooling capacity. I should test with 'hybrid assist' to confirm power consumption but haven't gotten around to it.
  2. Press the power button once without your foot on the brake, that will bring up accessory mode. The radio is now available (along with other media sources). Press it a second time without your foot on the brake and you'll get "ignition" mode, where the ventilation system and other electrics will be available. Press it again and everything goes off. Note that you wouldn't want to do this for very long as the 12v battery isn't large like it is in non-hybrid cars.
  3. Yes, you don't have a problem with them misting up because you're using the AC to make sure that it doesn't. I have also regularly changed cars over the last 2 decades or so, also acrtoss many makes (not that that is particularly relevant since AC is basically the same principle in most vehicles), and I've never had problems with misting by not using the AC full time. It's precisely by not using it full time that prevents the condensation that forms on the cold evaporator does not re-evaporate into the cabin. If the evaporator is dry in the first place, misting is not an issue. So the AC is being used to resolve a problem that the AC itself created.
  4. Yep that's great and all, but in winter, it doesn't work since the compressor doesn't operate at temperatures close to freezing. If the AC has been used constantly up to that time, misting is pretty much guaranteed and hard to shift even with the heater. If AC hasn't been used constantly and the evaporator is dried out, winter misting isn't a problem in the first place. It isn't a theory, it is tried and tested. I just don't understand the wasteful use of full time AC during the cooler months. Try drying out your evaporator, you might find that you don't need to use the AC all the time.
  5. Common wisdom seems to be to run AC all year round, but the problems with that, for me at least, are: a) that the evaporator is always moist. b) come winter time below 3-4c the compressor will stop running anyway. a) That constant moisture on the evaporator is why car AC often starts to smell as its become a breeding ground for bacteria during the warmer months. I avoid this by turning off the AC towards the end of a long journey to dry it out. b) Some use the AC to prevent misting in winter. Ironically, it is the constant use of the AC that causes the initial misting in the first place. And when the compressor stops in winter because its too cold, all that moisture on the evaporator starts to evaporate and because the glass is very cold, condensation forms and it becomes very difficult to remove. Some have to resort to wiping by hand or making the cabin into a sauna. Eventually, the heater will deal with it but its pretty inconvenient if you're on a busy road somewhere and suddenly your car mists up. After a few decades on the road and not using AC full time (but still using it every few weeks for a few minutes to maintain the seals), I've never had AC fail due to perished seals, never had to "bomb" clean it nor had my windows mist up during cold, wet weather. I get to save a little extra fuel and keep a bit more charge in my batteries. Win win win.
  6. Also consider why it needs regassing. These should be sealed systems. Is there a leak somewhere?
  7. Lol he knew that, it was a kind of shock statement that you were running it. That said, over 50mph or so with the windows shut, I'd use AC at that temperature as well, especially if the sun is out.
  8. Yep, just to be clear, when in 'ready' mode, the traction battery is engaged which is a bit like having the alternator running on a non-hybrid combustion engine. So the traction battery keeps the 12v battery topped up and runs all the electrics. You'll probably notice that your traction battery will have emptied well before an hour is up (even faster with the electric AC running) and the engine will kick in to replenish periodically.
  9. If all fuses are ok and there is no smoke/fire then you haven't shorted anything out. If you unplug the camera, does the problem go away? Is your car able to start normally? Could the 12v battery be low?
  10. I had heard that hybrids aren't any good on the motorway but I bought one anyway after testing one out. Turns out that they are excellent on the motorway, I regularly see 55+ mpg on a 40 mile run and that only increases once I reach town as the full battery gets me most of the way to my destination with very little assistance from the engine. The onboard computer does overguesstimate by 3-4mpg, but my long term average (calculated brim to brim fillups) over the last 9 months or so is 54.5mpg (UK) over 4600 miles with a fair mixture of short local journeys to the supermarket and longer runs at up to 65mph. I don't tend to drive faster as I prefer a relaxed drive, which by the way the hybrid system promotes. Part of the reason why I chose the hybrid is because it encourages gentle acceleration and it is extremely relaxing to drive. The only minor annoyance is going uphill with cruise on makes the engine a bit loud sometimes but wafting in town on battery more than makes up for that.
  11. Ah that may be where I'm going wrong. Too fast. But on a busy through road, the cars behind appreciate prompt parking 🙂
  12. I find it hit and miss, even with a space large enough. When it does work, it parks the car quite a way away from the kerb which on my old victorian terraced street is sub optimal. I don't bother with it personally.
  13. I did wonder if gen 4 might address some of these things, I'm looking forward to trying it out one day.