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Why hybrids are so efficient

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#21 OFFLINE   kuzzi

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 02:58 PM

I have read this article a couple times because it is so informative. I live in congested Orange County Ca and I sure wish I had some country roads so I could use the EV more. I have to use HWY to get to work. Speeds here are 70- 80 mph. I have noticed high mpg when there is traffic because then I am in EV mode


Same here. Makes me hate traffic jams less when there's I can creep above 50 mpg when there is one.
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#22 OFFLINE   Gregavi

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 12:03 AM

My concern is that by paying so much attention to all these new (for me) driving techniques, I will become distracted and not be as aware of what's going on while driving. My wife has already commented on this. She said she was so intrigued with the leaves, that she almost rear-ended someone. Hopefully these driving techniques will become more second nature and I can get back to paying attention to the road, which is where it should be.


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#23 OFFLINE   B25Nut

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 01:56 AM

My concern is that by paying so much attention to all these new (for me) driving techniques, I will become distracted and not be as aware of what's going on while driving. My wife has already commented on this. She said she was so intrigued with the leaves, that she almost rear-ended someone. Hopefully these driving techniques will become more second nature and I can get back to paying attention to the road, which is where it should be.


I think you should turn the leaves off and switch to another option for right screen. I feel Engage is the best option to start with for the left screen since a quick glance gives you a lot of information. It is what I've stayed with.

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#24 OFFLINE   corncobs

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 10:12 AM

I think you should turn the leaves off and switch to another option for right screen. I feel Engage is the best option to start with for the left screen since a quick glance gives you lot of information. It is what I've staid with.


100% agreed the leafs are a nice gimmic but don't help to drive the car anymore efficiently. IIRC they didn't even survive the drive home from the dealer. ;-)

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:56 PM

I think you should turn the leaves off and switch to another option for right screen. I feel Engage is the best option to start with for the left screen since a quick glance gives you a lot of information. It is what I've stayed with.

Agree fully too. The leaves are a worthless gimic and can be a distraction.


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#26 OFFLINE   Gregavi

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 11:44 AM

I agree with all who recommend turning off the leaves. I seldom have it in that mode. It's not the only thing distracting though. All of the technology is so fascinating that it will take time to get use to it. This from someone who's last car was a 1997 Camry. So most of this high tech stuff (as far as in my car) is new to me. With my '97, the only thing I had to deal with was DRIVING.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 10:57 PM

Back when I first purchased my Honda Element, it was such an odd looking car that my salesman said, "Whenever you go grocery shopping, add 20 minutes to your time, because people will stop you and want to know about the Element."  Sure enough, the first time we went to the store, I had to explain to 3 people while loading our groceries just what the car could do.  Yep, 20 minutes was about right....for about a month and a half!  NOW, being that the 'Max is a fairly new hybrid and a little odd in a cute kinda way, have any of you experienced any of the aformentioned reactions to your new 'Max after you bought it and then had to 'splain stuff to people who needed to know all about it when you stopped?  Since it has been out for several years, I would assume that when I get mine (and there are a few others around that I see), the attraction to it will not be as magnetic as to when it was first new to the World, or at least the USA.


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:32 AM

NOW, being that the 'Max is a fairly new hybrid and a little odd in a cute kinda way, have any of you experienced any of the aformentioned reactions to your new 'Max after you bought it and then had to 'splain stuff to people who needed to know all about it when you stopped?  Since it has been out for several years, I would assume that when I get mine (and there are a few others around that I see), the attraction to it will not be as magnetic as to when it was first new to the World, or at least the USA.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 09:39 PM

Back when I first purchased my Honda Element, it was such an odd looking car that my salesman said, "Whenever you go grocery shopping, add 20 minutes to your time, because people will stop you and want to know about the Element."  Sure enough, the first time we went to the store, I had to explain to 3 people while loading our groceries just what the car could do.  Yep, 20 minutes was about right....for about a month and a half!  NOW, being that the 'Max is a fairly new hybrid and a little odd in a cute kinda way, have any of you experienced any of the aformentioned reactions to your new 'Max after you bought it and then had to 'splain stuff to people who needed to know all about it when you stopped?  Since it has been out for several years, I would assume that when I get mine (and there are a few others around that I see), the attraction to it will not be as magnetic as to when it was first new to the World, or at least the USA.

This happened a lot when I had the Flex.


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 11:57 AM

It's happened to us in the Focus Electric. People see "Electric" on the door and ask about it. We notice a lot while stopped at red lights that ppl look at the door of the car and we see them mouthing "electric".


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Posted 28 August 2016 - 04:51 PM

 

Based on the above information we see that for peak efficiency we want to accelerate using the ICE, then back off once reaching cruising speed and use the electric motor to maintain our cruising speed.

 

So, you try to accelerate just enough for the ICE to kick in? In general I would think that the slower you accelerate (less power demanded) the better. You want to avoid "jack rabbit" starts, but according to what you're saying, you're also better off not accelerating too slowly?



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Posted 28 August 2016 - 06:07 PM

Accelerate with the flow of traffic or the rate that the cruise control does in "Resume". Don't force EV.



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 04:13 PM

 

So, you try to accelerate just enough for the ICE to kick in? In general I would think that the slower you accelerate (less power demanded) the better. You want to avoid "jack rabbit" starts, but according to what you're saying, you're also better off not accelerating too slowly?

 

If your HVB SOC is on the high side, say 5/8 to 7/8 of a full charge on the FFH gauge, then it can become almost impossible to get the ICE to kick on when starting up from a dead stop, no matter how hard you press the accelerator pedal on an FFH. But when the SOC is at a normal level on the HVB, one which is typically maintained by the computers on a level road, you can press the accelerator pedal close to what an average person would typically do from a dead stop, and the ICE will normally start up almost immediately. Then you can feather back off of the accelerator pedal and accelerate as slowly as you like, even slower than a typical granny if you like, and the ICE will continue to remain running until the HVB SOC reaches the normal point of charge level where the computers will turn the ICE back off.


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Posted 31 August 2016 - 10:23 AM

There's another basic reason that hybrids are so efficient. They use a smaller and more economical gas engine that would provide very poor acceleration and drivability in a normal car, but when paired with an electric motor for more power when needed, that small economical gas engine provides the basis for increased gas mileage.


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