ICE starting at a stoplight 35 minutes in to trip
Has anyone experienced the ICE automatically starting up at a stop light, 35 minutes in to a trip?
I drive expressways and city streets to and from work (which takes 45 - 50 minutes each way) and everytime my trip hits the 35 minute mark and I am at a stoplight the engine will start up and run for 10 seconds then switch back to EV mode, or engine will start up and soon as I take my foot off the brake, the system will drop in to EV mode and then start up again when I am moving. This only happens at the 35 minute mark, not before; I haven't driven long enough to see if its every 35 minues afterwards.
I mentioned this to the Service Advisor at my first service; and the Tech said that this is normal. I have friends that have Prius, and their cars do not do this.
Can you really start from a stop ligh in EV mode?
I'll be sitting there in EV mode and I try to be a super gentle and slow creeping off from the light and bingo bything I get to 10 and everyone behind me is ready to certify me as an idiot the ICE comes on.
I went to a lonely street and tried to see if it was possible to creep up to 30 in EV mode. NO LUCK! I check the HV battery meter first and it's in the middle so it not running out of juice.
By the way I went down a super long 2 mile hill the other day after driving along at 60 for about 10 miles and got the HV battery meter to go full up to the white line at the "Full end oF the scale"