It's not too cold. It's been 45-30f.
The trips I've been taking are around a small city so about 10 miles each. Currently averaging 34 mpg total.
The car has 70 miles.
Took a 10 mile trip to drop off a friend at a train and averaged 35mpg by the end. Is this typical?
I'm using the view that shows KW, EV and mpg gauges. How do I best use these gauges? In other words is there a certain point on the EV gauge where ICE kicks on? A certain speed which that gauge it goes up? Certain KW level which is best for ICE if it has to be on?
Side question off of that which I haven't fully understood, What exactly are the KW and EV gauges showing?
Thanks for the replies! Love the car!
Set the left screen to Empower. There will be a blue outline on the screen, that is the available "electric" you have to work with. It changes based on how the car is moving. As you get moving, a full blue bar will show up and it is based on the demand you are putting on it eg. pressing on the pedal. The secret is to keep the blue bar from crossing the top of the blue rectangle for as much as possible. It will always cross it at some point, but thats because the gas motor charges the battery. The more you can keep the car in the Blue, the less you will use gas to move.
Second, the white bar is the gasoline motors power demand, if you try to keep the white bar at or just above the second tick mark as much as possible, that is putting a low demand on the gasoline motor resulting in low fuel use. Don't fret if you need to get up to the third bar every once in a while, but most times you will be able to get up and moving with less than two and a half bars.
Those two things will get you driving the hybrid the way it was intended to be driven, that and staying at the speed limit or a few MPH over MAX. You won't get a ticket, you will be less stressed and you will save gasoline. Also, it seems to not like to be granny driven, but not high schooler driven...somewhere to the low side of that mix seems to be best.
After you figure out the correct technique, there are many tricks to optimize your driving style (anticipating hills and stops, regenerative braking, coasting, running at highway speeds with the battery fully charged, etc.) but those require that you really understand what a hybrid does.
Its not really that hard, its just different.
Edited by Griswald, 06 January 2015 - 08:13 AM.