2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Price + Content + Efficiency = WOW!!!

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Neil:

    Is that what you were possibly looking to see?

    2020 Toyota Prius Prime Limited

    Drivers POV.​

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  2. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Probably a very tall person looking for lower leg/knee space... :D
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bill:

    Probably. The Prius Prime is not built for taller drivers including myself.

    I had the opportunity to use the Heat Pump while plugged in. To begin, you have to be plugged in and have the doors locked. With those metrics satisfied, you can hit the Hold A/C button on the key FOB and the Prius Prime will begin to pre-condition the cabin. As long as you are in exterior temperatures above 16 degrees F, if I read the manual correctly, the engine will not start. Unfortunately, once the cabin warmup is complete, it shuts down and will not maintain a comfortable climate inside for another cycle. Meaning if you are plugged in over night, about every 30 to 40-minutes, you will have to wake up and restart the pre-conditioning. :(

    The next time I am charging from a Level2, I am going to check if I can set the parking brake, boot up the car, leave it in N, and see if the car will still charge while the Heat Pump is operating to maintain temperatures while still charging. That is my only hope for those that are forced to sleep in their car once in awhile while still trying to leave with a full charge while plugged into a Level2.

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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Hi Wayne, sorry the Prius Prime pre-heater did not work the way you wished it did. I think that's outside the scope of the intended use. The only real limitation I found was that there is a short period of time (5-10 min) from the time the car is locked to when the pre-heat command would be accepted from the key fob. I am able to do the above remote command without the car plugged in. I've been able to run another pre-heat cycle though I have not tried a third cycle. The Bolt system in comparison, will limit the number of pre-heats without an "engine" start to two cycles. I vaguely recall running the car heat on the Prius Prime while charging, but that was with the car in ready mode. I'm not sure how long I was able to run the car in that mode.

    So I think the following should work. Not plugged in. Lock the car. Wait several minutes. Initiate remote pre-heat, even if you're still in the car. When that cycle is over, repeat.

    No, this would not allow you to sleep through the night in a warm car. Sorry. It should be good enough to take the chill off every couple hours though. When I've slept in the car on long car trips, I never slept through for more than a couple hours at a time anyway.
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    You've never experienced life, till you went to sleep in a car in the dark of the night, & next thing ya know, sunbeams hit ya in your eyes as the sun clears the horizon. :confused:;):D The icons represent the progression of the experience.
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