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Old 07-17-2014, 12:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah, my shifting needs work, I'm not the greatest and I'm noticing the assist comes on alot and my battery drains and wasn't coming up until I hit the brake regen switch, so I figured that out and I'm using the auto stop now since I think I have the hang of it, but according to my dash, my 5 mile trip was done at about 39 MPG..

Wish there were a video for G1 Insight owners to watch and have explained how to properly drive the car to it's fullest potential. I never know what RPM on this car to shift at, but on my bike I shift at 4.5k revs.

It's funny, every time I stop somewhere, I have at least one person ask me what kind of car I'm driving..lol Who knew to get attention, one just needs to switch from more power to more efficient.

Elhigh, where in TN are you? I'm going to be in the Bristol area this weekend.

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Old 07-17-2014, 12:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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according to my dash, my 5 mile trip was done at about 39 MPG..
Ooof! Please release the parking brake!

The clutch switch mod will prevent assist when you don't really need it, saving the battery for the times you want it. (And avoiding gas-consuming background charging to bring the pack back up.) Though you have to release the switch to gain braking/coasting regen... it won't happen if the car thinks the clutch is pressed when it's not actually.

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Wish there were a video for G1 Insight owners to watch and have explained how to properly drive the car to it's fullest potential.
Post a thread asking for to meet with another owner. If you don't get a bite here, try at Insight Central.

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I never know what RPM on this car to shift at, but on my bike I shift at 4.5k revs.
Basically, shift as soon as you can without lugging the engine. Get into top gear ASAP when cruising along, even in the city.

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It's funny, every time I stop somewhere, I have at least one person ask me what kind of car I'm driving..lol Who knew to get attention, one just needs to switch from more power to more efficient.
Honda sold so few of these cars, and they're so unique, I got all kinds of questions about mine too, before I sold it. (Also awesome citrus, like yours.)

Elhigh, where in TN are you? I'm going to be in the Bristol area this weekend.[/QUOTE]
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ooof! Please release the parking brake!

The clutch switch mod will prevent assist when you don't really need it, saving the battery for the times you want it. (And avoiding gas-consuming background charging to bring the pack back up.) Though you have to release the switch to gain braking/coasting regen... it won't happen if the car thinks the clutch is pressed when it's not actually.

Post a thread asking for to meet with another owner. If you don't get a bite here, try at Insight Central.

Basically, shift as soon as you can without lugging the engine. Get into top gear ASAP when cruising along, even in the city.

Honda sold so few of these cars, and they're so unique, I got all kinds of questions about mine too, before I sold it. (Also awesome citrus, like yours.)
At lunch today, somebody I used to be in the auto mechanics program with saw my car when I took it in and let them check the car for any issues and had them replace a bulb and attempt to clear the one fogged headlight.

This person came over today and told me how much they like my Insight but also wanted to know what happened to my Mustang. While doing my titling and registration this morning, I was asked by the clerks about my car and while waiting on the inspection, the people behind the counter and mechanic all commented on my car. None of these people had ever seen one before and all the comments were nice and welcome.

So what you're saying is to shift to 5th gear as soon as I can, even at low speeds like 35-45 MPH?

I am meeting with another member from Insightcentral because he has an extra antenna and mine looks all dry rotted, so maybe I'll see if he can give me some instruction on the car (His is also citrus I believe).
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yes. Get into top gear as soon as you can without lugging the engine. If you need more power later, downshift.

Minimize assist.

Maximize coasting (preferably engine-off via "forced auto stop" to retain power steering & brake vaccuum).

Maximize lean burn while cruising.

If you have to decelerate more quickly than coasting, mazimize regen to capture energy in the battery.

Yup, I'd definitely ask for pointers/advice go for a ride-along.
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Post a thread asking for to meet with another owner. If you don't get a bite here, try at Insight Central.
Ouch! It's a big week for pushing new people to other forums.

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So what you're saying is to shift to 5th gear as soon as I can, even at low speeds like 35-45 MPH?
More than that- stop thinking of 35-45 mph as slow. You can get outrageous mpg at those speeds, and in most non-interstate situations you're actually travelling at those speeds anyway. Just by admitting that and not spending all your time sprinting to 50-60 and braking again you'll get great numbers.

Welcome to Ecomodder, and congratulations on the Insight. I'm jealous- there was one locally to me when I was shopping, but I needed something bigger.
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Yeah, I should probably stop doing that. (Sending people away.)
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So I drove 53.1 miles today and averaged 58.2 MPG... I actually started figuring it out toward the end and the meter I kept more or less all the way to the right. Only problem I have is with stop/ go in city driving and hills or a combination of both stops and hills.. Accidentally spun my tires on one hill.

I did have to floor it once, lack of power and needed to speed up from the 35 I was stuck at to the speed limit at 55, I had some guy behind me following WAY too close for comfort.

But, I'm getting used to the car a little, almost managed to fully recharge the IMA before calling it a night, but sadly, had hard assist with the highway situation..

My ride on the interstate will be better tomorrow, I am going to drive like a granny though..

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