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Posted by urod on January 5, 2010, 11:43 am


No, I drive Prius for two years, and there were no problems weith not
pushing my brake pedal far enough.  Besides, I saw the green, not red,
light on the Power button, which means the car was in the Running

I don't understand this part.  What starter it has?  Which battery
starts the engine?

I hit READY at the first time, too.

I never saw 1 pink bar before.  The car was always at least 2 pink

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 5, 2010, 12:00 pm

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It doesn't have a starter or alternator.

It has two motor-generators that are intricately and elegantly tied in
as part of the drive system.  The gas engine is one component, the two
MG are two other components.

When the drive system senses that it needs to add energy from the
outside to get the car to do what the driver wants, the MG is engaged to
the output shaft of the gas engine to turn it, then the computer turns
on the ignition and fuel.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 13, 2010, 4:59 pm

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Yeah--if the computer determines that THE TRACTION BATTERY needs to be
charged.  If not, the engine doesn't run.

You're an idiot.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 5, 2010, 1:12 am

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Just like the alternator in a non-Prius charges the battery.  Sure.  
BUT:  just like with a normal car, the car has to be running (in a Prius
they call it Ready) for that to happen.  And for the Prius to be in
Ready mode, the 12v battery has to be good.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 5, 2010, 1:11 am

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