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  1. I've hit 99 driving from Carlisle down to Birmingham on the M6, very early in the morning with very little traffic. I managed 100 a few days before, but that was on a <400 yd drive, so doesn't really count!
  2. I found in EV mode I can increase range in S6 mode, by coasting further, with less regen. I'd left it in S6 after transitioning to HV mode, and noticed this unexpected behaviour, so now no longer use S6 in HV mode, as I suspect it will give worse efficiency (although I've not really measured, so may not be the case!)
  3. In S6 mode, the engine will often run when stationary, even when warm (in situations where I'd never see it run normally) - as I said, I assume because it has to put some charge back into the battery since the low level of regen isn't putting enough back in.
  4. I'm pretty sure I've had the engine running whilst stationary with >30% charge (eg. +ive mileage still showing in the EV range) (in S6 mode). Generally in HV mode, I think the car will try and keep the battery charge around the same rate it was when HV mode was activated, when it reaches a certain deficit it forces the battery to charge again to get back close to the original charge.
  5. I've noticed some petrol pumps seem to reduce their flow rate when the pump on the other side of the "island" is also being used, so this is not completely true. Obviously, a lot less of an impact with a 2 minute fill being extended to 2 minutes 30 seconds though! As others have noted, this is because there's only a limited supply of power to these chargers (especially thinking of motorway services which are often out in the sticks). Until either the supply is upgraded (I suspect this will be too expensive to be worthwhile in many cases) or big battery banks are installed (to even out the peaks in demand), this will probably be something EV owners will have to live with, and plan around.
  6. My experience in EV mode is that S-6 is the lowest possible regen rate, which means I can coast longer (which, with the necessary anticipation) is the most efficient way to use an EV (coasting on the available kinetic energy will always be more efficient than converting it to electrical/chemical and then back to kinetic energy). However, in HV mode, I notice the petrol engine runs a lot longer when using S-6 (sometimes even when stationary), I assume this is because of the lack of regen, so it has to use the petrol engine to get energy back into the battery. I've not done any extensive testing of this mode because it just feels wrong (especially a running petrol engine in a stationary car with a big battery slung under it!), but I suspect in HV mode, S-6 is not the most efficient.
  7. I got my 2021 RAV4 PHEV with running boards installed. I seem to remember there was some documentation with the car, giving instructions on how to jack the car to change a tyre, as the running boards covered the normal jacking points? However, I can't find that information any more. Has anyone here got those instructions or can point me to some online? Thanks!
  8. I've found the red line to be pretty accurate for judging clearance of the boot lid. Use if regularly for example reversing into Tesco's pod point charging spaces, where they always put a sign post directly behind the car, just where you need to open the boot to pull your charging cable out!
  9. Yes, heating/cooling both ticked, so it's not that.
  10. Agreed. I believe (may just be England?) that all new EV charge points must be able to work directly from a credit card, not requiring app or special card. Of course, the rates doing this will likely be more expensive than signing up for an account (and possibly paying a monthly fee).
  11. Yes I'm a regular user of pod point at Tescos for me free electrons! The charge was confirmed, and I could see on the app the car was charging, just extremely slowly. Home charger is via a 7kw Rolec charger we've had for several years (we also have a BEV Nissan Leaf). Never seen a slow charge speed before on either car (not that we'd notice it, as it's usually on overnight and we don't monitor it regularly). It's a fairly un-smart charger, so it's really only the car that would regulate the power it's taking I think.
  12. Up in Scotland you need a Chargeplace Scotland RFID card in order to use many of the public chargepoints (some free, many charge, still cheaper than petrol mostly!). Unfortunately the Chargeplace system is crap. Despite twice applying for a card, I've still not received one. They say you should still be able to activate a charge via their app, but that didn't work at any of the chargers I tried. So the only charges I used were a BP Pulse on a campsite I was staying on (which was free and just required the BP pulse app) and a few Tesco Podpoint chargers, which are always free (for the Type 2 "slow" 7kw chargers). MPG varied between 40-60mpg depending on the terrain, and driving speed. Also, I was using EV mode in places, which skews the MPG. According to MyT my average over last 7 days (which wasn't the entire trip) and includes EV use was 54mpg. Driving up on the motorway at 60mph I was seeing 50+mpg. Coming home at 75mph (indicated speed) it was around 43mpg. This was driving early morning with very little traffic, so maintaining a fairly constant speed.
  13. Have just returned from a week touring around the Scottish Highlands (a trip I make every few years, and especially when I have a new car - great place to see what it's capable of). Driving was great, and really enjoyed the instant power. I did have some problems charging the battery though. I had one occasion when I rocked up to a Tesco's (free) pod-point charger with about 20 miles charge remaining, hooked up, but then returned 90 minutes later to find it had only added 3 miles of range. MyT showed remaining charge time >5 hrs. This was a 7kW charging post, and I was the only person hooked up to it. Previous to charging I'd been driving 2-3 hours in mostly HEV mode, the last 10 miles or so in EV mode, and much of that in fairly slow moving stop-start traffic (eg.nothing too stressful on the battery). A few days later, I'd been doing many hours in HEV mode, then the last 20 miles or so in EV mode, and hooked up to a similar pod-point charger, and it charged absolutely fine. I drove another 30 miles in pure EV mode at 60-70mph to another pod-point charger, where I hooked up, and again charged at the normal rate. When I returned home today, Carlisle->Reading in almost all HEV mode, last 5 miles in EV to use up what battery I had left. After an hour or so to unload the car, I plugged in to my home charger (7kW) and after 4 hours it had only got to about 40 miles range. Normally I'll do a full charge from empty in a 2-3 hours, so again it appeared to be charging more slowly than normal. In a BEV slow charging like this can be related to a hot battery. However, both times I experienced slow charging I'd not driven in a way to particularly stress the battery, and indeed when I did stress it more (two contiguous 7kw charges interspersed with a fairly rapid discharge) I saw no sign of charging slowdown. There was no obvious noise of the battery cooling fan working hard (I did notice it one day when I was driving over the Applecross peninsula with some very steep ascent/descent sections) Anyone else noticed slow charging at all? Is there any way of monitoring battery temperature - with an OBD reader perhaps?
  14. What do we show or quote to the dealer to convince them to do the A/C ECU update? I'll need to book mine in for its first service in the next month or so and would like this "feature" fixed!
  15. Yes, I'm aware of this normal cycling, getting up to temperature. But normally I observe that takes 5 minutes or so of motorway driving in HV mode, and then engine will go off once power isn't required. I'm not that worried about it (as long as it doesn't continue behaving like this!) but was curious as to what's going on.
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