jimmyc13· Premium Member
Coming from Prius, my advice to you is not to use EV mode at all in regular drive, even in dense traffic, it will decrease your mpg....I do drive mainly in ECO mode and use EV mode as much as possible in traffic.
At startup, cold engine, don't you have 10 seconds delay before the ICE fires, in which period you can switch to EV mode which cancels the ICE firing?...I don't think the car lets you go into EV mode when the engine is cold. At startup, it goes through a mandatory 3-5 minute engine warm up where you can't go into EV mode...
Have checked this subject and it appears we are both right!Nope. The EV mode will not engage at all w/ cold engine startup until the requisite warm up is completed. Unless I've been mashing the wrong button this entire time. LOL. And believe me, I have to move my car ALL the time and wish it wasn't this way! Stupid street sweepers. LOL. I think it's a protective mechanism because the car doesn't always know whether you'll suddenly accelerate and fire up the ICE while it's cold. Now, if the engine is somewhat warm, you can definitely get away with EV mode switching on. I've also heard stories about people in really hot areas where their engines were actually warm enough from the heat that their EV modes were able to engage.
No such luck here in Southern California!
I haven't been able to engage EV upon startup yet, I have just assumed battery has been too cold as weather has been about 10 C or the battery wasn't charged enough to do. But EV works when car has been driven for 10+min.I wonder what version our friends in Canada get, can you engage EV mode in the morning when temp is between 0-20 C?
Battery not charged enough could be due to use of "EV mode" at the end of the previous trip.I have noticed the same thing and I am in Texas. The temp has been in the 70s in the morning. When I engage EV at start up it shows battery not charged enough and I know the battery was full when I parked it the night before. I think the engine has to be warm for EV to work.
Are you in EU or US? Would there be a difference in models, seems like us North Americans (who have replied) aren't able to do the same.
giora is correct. when the battery has a good charge, it works. when it is 'low' ev mode right upon startup will not engage and state that the battery level is too low.Battery not charged enough could be due to use of "EV mode" at the end of the previous trip.
Do not think it is related to battery temp.
No.will adding the K&N filter void warranty?