lol, I have an entire system
lol, I have an entire system during the summer. when driving on the highway, I allow myself to have the AC on until it's cool enough and I cycle on/off as needed. During gridlock, I open the windows
Wintertime is more difficult and it really killed my overall fuel efficiency to the ground
wamwam, It sure don't sound
wamwam, It sure don't sound right to me. And how do you get the battery to charge "to the top" ? I never see that. My battery gage is usually around 2/3. You may be running the battery too low. Staying on battery power for up to 10 minutes will not do you any good. You need to cycle it more IMO. I can get between 36 and 42 around town pretty easily but my engine comes on quite a bit due to hills around here. If your engine is running just to charge the battery (i.e. even at idle) that will kill your mileage. The only time I have gotten mileage as bad as you is in the dead of winter, or fast (80mph) highway speeds. Don't forget the electric motor runs all the time, even when the gas engine is running, you don't need to cruise on electric to see good numbers. More important is to keep the Kw gage below the first line (around 40Kw I believe). BTW, my mileage went up considerably when the weather got a bit warmer, but that was also the time I had about 4K miles on the car. My brother swears his Nissan truck got much better after 5K miles.
oh my. thanx so much for the
oh my. thanx so much for the insight. all this time i figured i was driving the sucker right, apparently i was wrong. i literally drain the battery daily trying to coast as much as i can in ev mode til' it runs down, then, yes, the gas kicks in to run the car and recharge the battery. hot damn. i'll have to change that habit. i will certainly check out the ford escape site as well.
one thing...reset the mpg counter? nope! didn't know you can. it must be the average because i can't get the sucker to move from 32.9 no matter what i do. how do i reset that? thanx again for all your words of wisdom. i'm learning as i go. coming from a ford exploder, it's taking a bit to get used to. but still the best decision i ever made.
Oh my is right! If you never
Oh my is right! If you never reset the mpg display, that sucker will never move. Press and hold the right side button where you change the displays. I think it's the one with the dot on it.
brilliant. i did it two days
brilliant. i did it two days ago and i'm now at 35.5 mpg. had it at 36.2 for a minute, but that faded once the gas engine kicked in in the morning. but it's hovering between 35 and 36 right now, which i'm comfortable with for now. thanx so much for the info. i'd have never known you can reset that thing. chalkin' up another victory to the magic of messageboards. thanks man!