Used an engine diagnostic tool to check RPM of my Prime

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    In case anyone ever wanted to know what the RPM was in their Prime, I decided to hook up an engine diagnostic tool and film what the max RPM in each drive mode was, both driving down the road and in park. I believe in park the ICE is only charging the battery and getting the battery to proper temperature, but correct me if I'm wrong.

    Turns out, the max RPM is the same for all drive modes, unlike some sports cars out there.

     
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    My Energi allows for a custom display of which RPM and a coolant gauge are some of the selectable options.

    I use a Scangauge II in the Prius for seeing RPM and temps.
     
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    That plot about sums up my video, thanks for letting me know. I wasn't aware they published that before filming. The chart doesn't show RPM though, so hopefully my video still has some merit. It was a fun opportunity to test my new scan tool.
     
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    I'm curious what the RPM is when the engine first comes on (warm-up period) and when it is warmed up and you're cruising along at a fairly low speed. Do you happen to know those numbers (approximate)?
     
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    Engines are typically more efficient with NORMAL RPM and higher LOAD. This is how most vehicles are getting better highway mileage. I recall cars in 80’s running at 2500 3000 rpm on the highway at 65-70. Today my 2013 Jeep Wrangler is sitting just under 2000 RPM at 65. My 2001 Wrangler spun at 2800 on the highway and used much more fuel to maintain 65. Remember the fuel used not only gets output for pushing the vehicle it also gets used to: pump oil, rotate crankshaft, move pistons, actuate valves etc. this all as a scavenging cost to the fuel economy. Faster movement of all these pieces reduces economy. If the load is matched at a lower RPM and with the smallest sized components as possible economy is increased. If you had the grams/HP*H, the steady flat road speed of the vehicle, RPM of engine and the current being pushed to the battery we could really look at where efficiency is gained in this hybrid setup!
     
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    I have a ScanGauge II connected all the time, and RPM is one of the four things I choose to watch. (also instant MPG 0:9999, avgMPG 0:9999 and engine temp. There are around 16 things you can choose to monitor in the 4 available spots. With an upgrade (which I haven't had done, as you have to send it back) you can also monitor (like Camrys!!!) the individual tire pressures! This is maybe 2.5" wide and 1" tall (est). and sits on top (with double back tape) on the top of my steering column.
     
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