Hypermiling 2016 Rav4 Hybrid

Discussion in 'Toyota Hybrids and EVs' started by drbtz, Feb 12, 2021.

  1. alanclarkeau

    alanclarkeau Senior Member

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    The other thing to do - if nobody is behind you - is to ease up, lose a few km/hr over the crest of a hill.

    EV Mode - sometimes chasing "EV" mode can be counterproductive though. There are times where you can eke out the battery by forcing it - then get to a red traffic light, and instead of sitting idle, it has to turn the ICE for 2 minutes at the red, because the battery was so low.
     
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    Friends,

    The preliminary small sample size test results are in. Over the last two tanks using almost exclusively pulse and glide my MPG rose on average 7MPG with no weather changes. Still learning to properly feather the throttle as well as learning to let off sooner to not waste so much speed (think coasting one city block instead of two, pulsing to 35 when 30 would have been good enough).

    My delivery times are just as fast and even faster using P&G, likely comes down to me rolling through more green lights because I'm being much attentive to the flow of traffic. Ultimately getting good mpg comes down to avoiding full stops and keeping momentum so that's what I've been doing.
     
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    Gentlemen, I return once more to talk "technical" details.

    Gen3 warming up stages | PriusChat

    Let's talk about engine warm up stages and the wonderful world of high mpg known as "Stage 4".

    The problem I am having is as follows. I'm at work, turn car off go into store grab deliveries, turn car on engine temp is at 60C. Hybrid Assistant says I am in stage 4 but shows a PAUSE icon and indicates I need to let off the gas COMPLETELY. I do this and the "idle check" begins (or so HA says because under the engine piston icon it shows "idle check"). THIS is where the trouble begins.

    I let off the throttle completely and coast in the regen zone, no brakes, no gas. Even after 7 seconds the car does not enter golf cart mode. It seems to do so either after a complete stop or randomly at low speed. I can not figure out what I am missing.

    Also side note, weather is 34F so I've not been using the heater, have become boss at gliding without shifting to N and am seeing on average 36mpg in the winter. 1mpg above EPA, really looking forward to summer.
     
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