Winter Driving, video of a full commute

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  1. john1701a

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    In my quest to achieve extremely high-quality video for the purpose of sharing lots of real-world detail in a simple format, these came about...




    With the outside temperature below the electric heat-pump minimum and such beautiful weather, this was the ideal opportunity to film my commute to work. Watching the resulting video, you get to see the engine cycle on & off while the system takes advantage of as much EV driving as possible.

    The lower-left shows the dashboard of my Prius Prime. The lower-right shows an aftermarket app reading data from the ODB-II port of the car. This provides a wealth of information about engine, motor, and battery use. Pay particular attention to the coolant temperature, which reveals a lot about how very cold conditions affect electricity use.

    When the drive concludes, I park in the ramp without plugging in. Part 2 of the video shows the commute home, without the benefit of using the electric battery heater while away at work.




    After having been parked all day in the ramp while I worked, the battery got cold. Notice the temperature indicated by the device shown in the lower-right. Despite those affects of winter, driving in EV is still available.

    Watch as I enter the highway and climb out of the river valley. Then later when the engine starts, witness what happens as the coolant is warmed to provide cabin heat. The engine shuts off and stays off for a surprisingly long time. Notice how low of a temperature it is able to utilize that warmth from coolant.

    It's quite an efficient commute, even without the benefit off plugging in while away at work.
     
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    I enjoyed the way you sped up the presentation.
    It gave the footage a real Ford vs. Ferrari feel to it. Even though you rarely exceeded 50 mph, I was waiting for a pit stop.

    Or maybe a Benny Hill perspective...at some point somebody starts hitting a bald guy on the head?
     
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    A majority of part 2 is above 50 mph, about 22 minutes of driving. And perhaps it is a tribute to Benny. (y)
     
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    I'm just kidding...thanks for creating and sharing these videos and information.
    I don't own a Prius Prime, so what I'm admitting now? I only watched the 1st video. This is good information for the Prius Prime community of owners, but I just watched the 1st video out of pure curiosity.

    Did remind me.
    Where I live in the Northwest....we freak out if ANY snow falls. You'd think it was the end of the world. Seriously, it seems like a dusting of snow results in the news department warning everyone to "stay indoors".
    The video reminded me of visiting my brother when he lived in Wisconsin. Where they clear roads, and people just keep driving. Snow is an obstacle, NOT a world ending condition.

    So even without a pit stop, or a bald guy getting slapped on the top of their head, or any real appreciable reason for me to watch the video, I did enjoy it, and take something from it.
     
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    what camera do you use for the dash cam video?
     
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    GoPro 7 for the dashboard, capturing video in HD.

    GoPro 8 for the window, capturing video in 4K.

    Android S5e for the OBD-II data, capturing video in QHD.
     
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