Prius C Questions

Discussion in 'Toyota Prius Family' started by jerryberkowitz, May 28, 2012.

  1. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    No plug. It is a gas car. The energy to accelerate comes from gasoline, and the energy stored in the battery comes from gasoline, minus conversion losses.
     
  2. Sunin

    Sunin Well-Known Member

    U would think they could put in a simple trickle charger for not too much money! My battery is nearly full after running around the block a few times forcing motor only. I want to get a trip soon with no regen/full battery. That is when my insight really gets into its stride.
     
  3. Sunin

    Sunin Well-Known Member

    Ok question: does this like the insight store life time mpgs somewhere? I've been scrolling thru the menus and have not seen it
     
  4. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    No I don't think you can see life time on the C
     
  5. scout24

    scout24 Member

    My current plan for lifetime mpg is as someone else posted... I'm leaving the "B" tripmeter untouched, allowing accumulated mileage and MPG to be seen. :)
     
  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I used the trip B trick for a while, until some other driver
    reset it.

    Too difficult to maintain for a year or two, let alone for
    the life of the car.

    Cheers,
    Bill
     
  7. Sunin

    Sunin Well-Known Member

    That was a nice thing on the insight u could easily tell how hard it had been driven
     
  8. Sunin

    Sunin Well-Known Member

    Anyone else have trouble with the Prius c sneaking back into ev mode when cruising on 25 and 30mph stretches after ur at speed? Every now and then I look down and I'm like damnit get out of ev!!! Would turning off Eco mode help?
     
  9. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    Your gas pedal controls that. If it does not need ICE power, it will shut it down by design. You may want to glide, which means just enough gas pedal to remove regen braking. Then pulse back up with the ICE. Or, just let it do its thing and enjoy great mileage.
     
  10. Sunin

    Sunin Well-Known Member

    I'd prefer it not go ve once I'm moving. Trying to avoid conversion losses
     
  11. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    What ksstathead said...

    Given your car is going into EV because your current speed and motive
    requirements fall below the threshold of a running engine, you have the
    choice of speeding up or coasting. Assuming your surrounding traffic
    can allow the pulse and glide, I'm afraid that's the best you can do. The
    issue of how to stay out of EV mode is the million dollar question for most
    drivers of hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-ins too.

    Good luck!
    Bill
     
  12. Sunin

    Sunin Well-Known Member

    Thanks that helps, I'm not used to being on pure ev when cruising at 25-30. 2006 insight only used the electric motor to assist on start, and was easy to keep out of boost once past 20-25mph
     
  13. Sunin

    Sunin Well-Known Member

    How would u compare on clear roads the mpg from say 90F say 30F? In the insight u could see 10mpg differences. The insight really likes it hot! So how does the Prius C act?
     
  14. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    The C is going to be better in the cold. The Toyota EGR system on the C was made to get up to temps faster and I only see 4-5 mpg drop in the cold over summer.
     
  15. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    ...says the man in balmy Southern California. :)

    Cheers,
    Bill
     
  16. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    Haha! We can hit 40s here in the winter which is VERY cold for me.

    Here is a tech data improvements over the 3G Prius on cold start heating.

    Exhaust Heat Recirculation used to heat engine coolant

    1) Newly designed heat exchanger

    a) More efficient fin-type heat exchanger

    b) Provides improved cold-weather performance

    2) Reduces time for coolant to reach operating temperature

    a) Shortens time until gasoline engine can stop

    3) Improves heater performance

    a) Reduces time to warm air by 1 minute
     
  17. Sunin

    Sunin Well-Known Member

    I have notice the C come up to temp generally within 3 blocks. Much faster than the Honda insight. So what is the best color for a Prius c? Hahaha this will be something that sparks debate
     
  18. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Three blocks ? What temperature do you reach in three blocks ?
     
  19. rfruth

    rfruth Well-Known Member

    Three blocks !?! - Even in summer time in the morning (when it's relatively cool) my 2010 Fusion hybrid takes a couple miles of city driving (no HVAC use) to fully warm up
     
  20. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Maybe three blocks of full-throttle driving would bring it right up there , eh ?

    Mine takes about three miles.
     

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