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Old 11-22-2011, 12:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
jamesqf
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Originally Posted by F8L View Post
TWith very cold temperatures it is best to get your engine warmed up as quickly as possible to reduce the warm-up phase mpg impact which all vehicles have to deal with.
Not to mention that if you warm up the engine quickly, you'll be getting cabin heat for free.

One of the several reasons that I don't really like the Prius design is the fact that it has a pure EV mode at all. As others have said, it's not really efficient to drive in EV mode, then recharge the battery from the motor. With the Insight + MIMA, virtually all my battery charging comes from braking or going down hills, so it's "free" energy that'd otherwise be wasted as braking heat.
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