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Posted by David T. Johnson on December 28, 2009, 5:42 pm

Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

Yes, if it was an "electric" car, it would run for 100 miles and then
you'd have to charge it up at home for 8 hours on slow charge or,
alternatively, try to find a rare fast charging station before the
battery went dead where you could charge it up in only 30 minutes.  A
Prius can easily run for 400 miles and then recharge in only 5 minutes.

There's TWO batteries on a Prius.  There's the very little 12 volt
battery which starts up the computers when you push the 'start' button
and powers the 12v systems and then there's the big 100+ volt battery
that powers the drive motors.  When you 'jump' start the Prius with the
12v power cables from another vehicle, you are just providing 12v power
to boot the computers and close the main power relay to bring the big
battery online.

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Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on December 29, 2009, 12:05 am

For all intents and purposes, there is only one battery when you're
talking about the driver interfacing with the car.

How the car manages its energy is immaterial to the user dealing with a
battery.  Regardless, it is NOT an "auxiliary battery".  It is 100%
necessary to the operation of the car.  Without the battery, the car
will not operate.

Posted by David T. Johnson on December 28, 2009, 5:33 pm

urod wrote:

There isn't any (-) negative terminal, just the one (+) post because the
entire frame of the Prius is the (-) post.  Just put the red cable on
the (+) post and clip the black cable clamp onto some exposed part
attached to the steel frame of the car in the general underhood area.

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