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Posted by king on September 5, 2008, 8:52 pm

Living in the flatlands I am not familiar with driving in the mountains.
In the coming holidays I expect to be driving is mountain area's and will
encounter long slopes downhill.

Question: What will happen to the battery? Will it fill up to the maximum or
is there a safeguard built in?


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 6, 2008, 2:03 am

The system protects itself no matter what.  Don't worry about the sounds
coming from the engine compartment.  If you need to slow down more than
what B mode gives you, use the brakes.

The Prius is just like any other car in that respect.  Just get in it
and drive it.  In a normal car, you'd gear down--and if that wasn't
enough, you'd hit the brakes.  Well, in the Prius, same thing.  You gear
down, and if that isn't enough, you hit the brakes.

The system will not allow itself to be put in a condition where any part
of the system breaks.  Nothing bad will happen to the battery.  Nothing
will happen to the motor/generators.  Nothing will happen to the
internal combustion engine.

Trust the system.  It's pure genius, AND it just works.

Posted by king on September 6, 2008, 8:39 pm

Thanks Elmo,

I'm gonna enjoy that ride.


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