New to Prius & Hybrid - Is this Normal?

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Main Forum' started by termite, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. termite

    termite New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    11
    3
    NorCal
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    Just joined the Prius club with a 2012 Prius 4.
    This is also my first Hybrid and I'm still in the learning phase of my
    new toy.

    One thing I noticed a few times now is that when I'm stuck in traffic
    or waiting for a light to turn green, the engine shuts of completely
    (I expected this) but it turns itself back on after a couple of mins. even when I didn't move at all and my foot is still firmly on the brake. Is this normal and why? Who can explain this to the confused?

    happy to join this forum !
     
  2. puckdrop

    puckdrop Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2011
    23
    3
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Hi. Yes, that's normal.
    The engine will run to keep the coolant in a specific temperature zone, and also as and when required to either charge the HV battery ( if needed ), or heat the cabin.

    Take a look around, the search function is also very useful :)

    Edit:Just seen where you are.. Aircon use will also use the HV battery - so the engine could be running to keep that "in the charge zone".

    Welcome to the forum !
     
  3. skm009

    skm009 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    133
    23
    Ohio
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Does this happen every time? Or does it happen shortly after a cold start? If the outside temps are cold the engine turns ON more frequently to heat up.
     
  4. fotomoto

    fotomoto Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2009
    1,648
    483
    So. Texas
    Your Vehicle Year:
    Other Hybrid
    Next time look at the battery ICON. If it is down to two bars showing, the engine (ICE) will come on to spin the generator to charge up the hybrid battery. If the battery is above two bars, then it is coming back on to either heat itself up or the interior of the car.
     
  5. Michgal007

    Michgal007 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2006
    1,319
    90
    Macon, GA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2006 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Welcome to PriusChat termite. :)
     
  6. 32kcolors

    32kcolors Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    5,791
    933
    Redondo Beach, CA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    V
    Are you driving mostly on battery charge such as you're continually depleting it? If so, don't do that as that isn't good for fuel economy. Learn the pulse and gliding technique.
     
  7. friendly_jacek

    friendly_jacek Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2010
    2,393
    471
    southeast US
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    If you turn off heating or AC or other high energy drains (defog) while waiting for the light, it will not happen and you will save gas and wear and tear on battery.
     
  8. Eoin

    Eoin Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2009
    593
    115
    Long Island
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    IV
    Welcome, termite. You'll find lots to chew on here.
     
  9. termite

    termite New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    11
    3
    NorCal
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    Thanks guys! Yes I do realize there's a wealth of info. here and I should read them as time permits.
    The behavior I described doesn't seem to happen all the time and after reading all your posts I may just have seen my car bahaving normally. It happened this morning on my way to work and it was a colder than normal morning outside.

    Also I just did my first fillup after 450 miles (with 2 bars remaining at fuel meter)
    and it pumped exactly 9 gallons giving me a calculated MPG 50. Cars meter showed
    51.6 MPG. It's nice to see I'm saving on fuel now :)
     
  10. GrumpyCabbie

    GrumpyCabbie Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2009
    6,332
    1,801
    North Yorkshire, UK
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    I'm wondering if you have the car in 'Eco' mode where the green eco light is lit? That appears to cause the engine to switch on and off more often than in 'normal' mode (where the green eco and green power lights are not lit), during the warm up cycle.

    Eco is good for relaxed city driving, normal mode for faster roads and the highway and power mode for fun, overtaking or pulling away quickly.
     
  11. termite

    termite New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    11
    3
    NorCal
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    Nope. I only drove in the "normal" mode so far. (ECO and other lights off)
     
  12. skm009

    skm009 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    133
    23
    Ohio
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Seems like your car MFD is close to calculated, than other 2012s. We have been seeing somewhere around 7% discrepancy between calculated MPG and MFD MPG.
     
  13. GrumpyCabbie

    GrumpyCabbie Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2009
    6,332
    1,801
    North Yorkshire, UK
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Then it sounds like the normal warm up period, especially with the heating on as that can, depending on the traffic, take a while sometimes.

    You'll also experience the engine revving when you reach the bottom of a long hill - that is normal. The a/c can also make a loud buzzing noise when first switched on on a hot day - that is normal too.
     
  14. smokiejoe

    smokiejoe Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    173
    23
    PA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2014 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    ECO Mode, minimal use or turning of Heat or A/C, and Heated Seats(but not much) will minimize the ICE from running.