While on a 500 mile drive, the battery bars are GREEN NOT BLUE, what is going on??

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    While on a 500 mile drive, the battery bars are GREEN NOT BLUE, what is going on?
     
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    When the top 2 bars are charged the color changes from blue to green. Just like when you are at the bottom 2 bars it’s purple. You probably have the battery almost topped off.
     
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    I was going down a big hill the other day and when the battery was fully topped off the arrows turned off. Didn’t show the battery charging anymore.
     
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    Was the heater on?
     
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    could be the hybrid battery going south if
     
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    That's what you told me last year and it was heater usage. A member here said when temps drop and we run our heaters, the battery stays in the green a lot. It was true.
     
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    what is the connection between the battery and the heater?
     
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    Not sure, but I see more green in the winter. Here's a pic of the post from last year.
     

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    makes some sense in ms i guess

    in real winter, the battery is taxed more heavily
     
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    You see more green because the battery temp is lower and the AC compressor has to run less.
     
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    More green in the winter because running the heater requires running the engine more often (heat source), and the engine (when running for no reason except to provide heat) charges the traction battery.

    OP, as I wrote in your nearly identical questions thread several days ago:
    Basically, the color of the bars only accentuates their presence.
    Purple = "low" charge, Blue = "normal" charge, Green = "full" charge.

    Seven to eight bars = Green
    Three to six bars = Blue
    One(!) to two bars = Purple

    Just serves as an extra visual indicator of the current state of charge. Contains same information as the number of bars, just a simpler format.


    In summary, you have nothing to worry about. The computer is managing the battery level normally, and the color is simply an indication of charge level.
     
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