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#1 OFFLINE   Luron

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:42 PM

Hi, everyone.

I am new to hybrid vehicle and I just bought a 2016 Fusion SE hybrid. After 5 days of driving (it has over 350 miles on it now), I have never noticed the battery was fully charged. Is this normal? It went above 3/4 at some points but never 100%.

Thanks in advance for your input.

 









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#2 OFFLINE   murphy

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 07:27 PM

It is almost never fully charged.  There has to be room in the battery to store the power from regenerative braking.  The computer tries to hold it around 50%.



#3 OFFLINE   Luron

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 07:37 PM

Thank you, Murphy. 50% full most of the time when driving.

#4 OFFLINE   Texasota

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:52 PM

The only time I typically see the battery graphic indicate fully charged is when descending a very long grade (e.g. mountain driving) or exiting a highway or interstate when I am able to obtain a lot of regenerative braking.



#5 OFFLINE   BoatDrinksQ5

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 09:33 AM

You are only going to get high battery levels generally from coasting down hill and extended braking.   I have gotten to 90-100% on the gauge quite a few times, often coincides with periods of higher battery level on a freeway... followed by a long exit ramp with good braking that tops it off.



#6 OFFLINE   talmy

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 11:43 AM

Being nominally at 50% leaves room to store excess energy as well as provide energy. This will give optimal use under most driving conditions.



#7 OFFLINE   Luron

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 10:38 PM

Thank you, everyone.




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