Ok Ok Ok, I just got 600+ miles on my last tank and I'm still not happy about my gas only mpg. Wife thinks I'm nuts. Go figure.
I can't seem to get more then 20 mpg gas only. Going 600 miles tells me I must be doing something right???? Anyway I think I might have answered my own question.
Here it is. It would appear to me at least that in order to achieve better gas only mpg you must have your battery at or very near full charge.
When my battery is close to be fully charged the gas mpg goes upto 40, run the battery down and it drops back down in the 20's or so.
Since I've been trying to get the most mpge I didn't notice this correlation before. Maybe it's only me thinking this. I figure since the gas engine doesn't have
to charge the battery it's no longer working so hard and get the posted 40 mpg it's capable of. Which is kind of a catch 22 using the battery to get mpge or running the ICE to get better
MPG. So with only 4 full tanks under my belt and a mere 900 gas only miles on my ICE I maybe reaching here. Can anyone else chime in and either confirm or deny this?
BTW this is my first hybrid so I'm still learning exactly the best way to drive this car but, I believe we are going to have a long relationship.