Well I know absolutely nothing about hybrids, I mainly got it because I liked the shape and spec and low lease price of it and the emissions are low so the benefit in kind tax is reduced. But I was kind of naively thinking you'd be able to do that like you did. I had visions of elegantly gliding round town silently on the battery then charging it up on the motorway, but I guess that's not how it works. Having said that I didn't look into it beforehand so can't really complain. I do find when you are stuck in traffic, just edging along, it is often in EV mode, using no petrol which is good, better than the crude engine shut off thing on some cars.Thanks for the replies. My commute is about 15 miles, equally split between bumper to bumper traffic and 70mph motorway. So it would be ideal for me to use the battery exclusively for the first and the engine for the latter (also charging the battery for the way home).
I think Hyundai have missed a trick with not including an EV selector button. Arguably the PHEV will have it - and I would have had the phev had they released it faster.
Nevertheless I love this car.
Regular Hybrids aren't really designed to run in EV mode, the electric motor is simply there to assist with low rev torque and reduce emissions.I think Hyundai have missed a trick with not including an EV selector button. Arguably the PHEV will have it - and I would have had the phev had they released it faster.
For the Ioniq/Niro with the dual clutch, EV substitutes for first/reverse gear. The engine might be running, perhaps for climate conditioning (or possibly to charge the battery), but the motor provides all the motive power from a stop. For the Prius with a CVT, it can and does take off from a start with engine only.Regular Hybrids aren't really designed to run in EV mode, the electric motor is simply there to assist with low rev torque and reduce emissions.
Plug-in Hybrids however, are designed to run in the manner you were hoping for.
But like you, I couldn't wait for the plug-in, so opted for the full EV (and I'm still waiting!)
Was it more than ten years ago? I haven't seen that method used in at least that long. They just hook up to the computer nowadays. I seem to be able to kick on the ICE in my Prius c at will by holding down on the brake and flooring the accelerator. It sometimes takes a couple of cycles but when the car realizes you're flooring it but it's not going anywhere, it thinks it needs more power and kicks it on.True story--many years ago, when I took my Prius to get a state inspection sticker, part of the process involved an emissions test where the engine idles while a gas probe sniffs the exhaust. Well, the inspector had not been trained on how to handle Prii, for which that part of the test is waived because you CANNOT make the engine idle while the car is sitting still. Oh, there are SOME conditions (again, it's software-controlled) such as having the heater or A/C on full-blast with a mostly depleted battery, that MAY cause the engine to run while the car is not moving. But you can't MAKE it run.
The inspector absolutely insisted that the car had to idle for the test, and he refused to be convinced that it can't be done. I ended up taking the car to a different inspection station where at least someone knew how to handle it.
Works for me tooThis is an old topic, but i write anyway. One trick I actually use is that, if the engine doesn’t shut off when the foot is lifted off the throttle, then a light tap on the brake pedal will turn off the engine right away. And then you can drive in EV mode more often. This also works with Toyota and Lexus hybrids.