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Old 08-27-2018, 01:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
Does the ICE fire up when you need heat? Can you keep it in EV mode while mashing the accelerator?

EV mode will provide electric heat (it has a heat pump), but only down to a certain outside temperature. Owner's manual says -10 C / -14 F. Has a heated steering wheel, too.

As for mashing the gas, it will summon the ICE if you push it hard enough, or "suddenly" (says the manual). I haven't had it fire up on me yet, but I tend not to mash it. I've also been using it in ECO mode, which probably raises the ICE-assist threshold. EV mode keeps up fine with normal traffic flow around here.

I read that the previous gen. Prius plug-in took lots of flack in reviews because the ICE often fired up to aid acceleration. This version doesn't do that.
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