Hybrid Car – More Fun with Less Gas


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Posted by nobody but us chickens on February 14, 2010, 2:51 pm

I bought a Prius yesterday, not new but new to me.
A 2008 with 14000+ miles on it.
It's like a spaceship inside though I'm sure I'll get used to it.
Had to call the dealer & ask if that anti-theft system light is
supposed to flash constantly & yes it is.
I'm not used to something showing on the dash when a car
is turned off.
Any hints or tips for this model? Thanks

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on February 14, 2010, 3:16 pm

In a couple of days it'll become just a car.

There's nothing really "spaceship" about it.

Go buy an owner's manual.

It's just a car.  It drives exactly like any other car. It's not an
electric car.

Posted by Al Falfa on February 14, 2010, 3:57 pm

First, learn to take advantage of the regenerative braking.  Light to
moderate pressure on the brake pedal will slow the car by charging the
battery.  Heavier pressure will engage the friction brakes, thereby wasting
that energy in the form of heat.  Next,  learn to manage the pressure you
put on the gas pedal at speeds below 40 mph to use the energy you have
captured instead of the gasoline you bought.   The fastest route between two
points may not be the most fuel-efficient route so if burning less gas is
more important to you than saving a few minutes select routes that let you
capture and use kinetic energy.

Keep the wind on your back.  :-)


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on February 14, 2010, 4:40 pm

The system will ALWAYS use the battery as needed, even if you press the
pedal far enough that the system engages the gasoline engine.

Posted by Al Falfa on February 14, 2010, 8:22 pm

Read my post.  It is about NOT using gas when there is an adequate charge in
the battery, and yes, read the manual, not an electric car, blah blah blah.

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