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Old 08-12-2019, 09:22 PM   #255 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Hersbird View Post
It may be minimal but without it the car would get better MPG steady state highway. Toyota could build a Prius exactly like a Prius minus the drive battery, electric motors, add a regular starter and alternator, sell if for thousands less and it would get better MPG on real world highways. Someday if we haven't already we will see used Prius running around with the battery gutted from it and it just being a solid standard hatchback.
An ICE only Prius would require a drivetrain swap. (At least the transmission). The Prius has an E-CVT. It has a single planetary gear set. For acceleration the engine is decoupled from the transmission, one motor/generator makes electricity to power the other motor/generator. It won’t run without the battery
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