Hey guys, figured maybe i'll create a new thread on this so owners can collect tips and driving observations
couple things from a few recent drives
Temps: -5 degrees celcius
Avg speed = 60-70km/h
Length of drive: 22mins
L/100km = 7.3
When driving i notice i release the acceleration pedal after I reach cruising speed and this causes the ECO meter to swing back to full eco mode, engages EV, and i can maintain cruising speed in ECO on EV until there is a need for acceleration or a steep grade.
another thing when getting to my destination at the end of 22 mins was:
the ICE was cold. The upper rad hose was still cold which means the thermostat hadn't opened yet.
I put my hands all over the top of the engine under the decorative cover and it was still cold. The ONLY hot spot was the exhaust manifold, which is a good sign as most of the heat is contained to where it needs to be, a nice warm exhaust for 1. efficiency, 2. turbo gasses move faster when hot, and 3. getting the emissions system up to temp.
The ICE was pretty smooth but I am going to make sure i get this HEV out to a highway cruise in Sport mode and try to get the ICE hot probably 1x a month or so. The HEV savings isn't great on highway anyway..
I can see why the ICE cycles so much in cold if it keeps delaying its time up to operating temp...
Hoping to see an improvement once temps warm up.
BTW the 9.2L/100km on this tank has been pretty much limited to driving at -12+ temps..