Posted by dog on May 14, 2005, 2:59 am
does the later model prius use the gas engine more than the earlier model. I
have heard that the elec motor is used to help the gas engine and you do not
run on elec motor alone at all.
Posted by Mike Rosenberg on May 14, 2005, 12:43 pm
I'm not sure which models you're asking about, but my 2004 Prius
frequently runs on the electric motor alone.
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Posted by Michael Pardee on May 14, 2005, 2:37 pm
The current generation Prius uses the gas engine less than the previous
generation (2003 and earlier). Honda's IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) is the
hybrid version that always spins the gas engine.
Honda's IMA is a form known as a "parallel" hybrid, while the Toyota system
is a "series-parallel" hybrid. A true "series" hybrid is one where the gas
engine just runs to charge the battery that powers the electric motor(s)
which in turn power the car. There aren't any series hybrids on the market