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Hi everyone. I have a question for any owners of the PHEV model. Is there a way to get the car to drive only on electric power? I haven’t found one to test drive yet, but was able to drive a Santa Fe PHEV, and it seemed like the gas engine was kicking in at times even on ‘electric’ mode. Any insights from owners would be appreciated. The salesperson wasn’t that helpful in answering the question.
 

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There is button/toggle button on the armest console that lets you change the driving mode to EV. Once you put the vehicle in that mode it will try to stay in EV only mode unless you turn on the climate controls or the battery gets low. This is the mode I keep mine in.
 

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The plug in hybrid is still a hybrid. It is not a full electric car. If you run short trips daily and fully charge overnight, or can charge your vehicle during the day like at work, you could theoretically drive continuously under electric power. I believe there is a setting for electric mode but if you do a trip that exceeds the max electric only capability, (about 30 miles or so max) the car will function like the regular Tucson Hybrid. Added demands on the battery such as heated or cooled seats or a/c will shorten your range. Also if you run the heater it will require the gas engine to warm up to provide the heat. Your plug in hybrid has an advantage over an electric car because you can still drive when your battery taps out. Granted, a full electric car has a longer range, but with a hybrid you can still do long trips without the long charging stops that an electric vehicle requires. if you mainly do short trips you will like the plug in but if you have a long commute or do a lot of long distance traveling you will not see much benefit from the plug in.
 

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My commute is about 26km each way and if I do not have the climate control on (but the electric seats and the heated steering wheel), I can go back and forth to work without the gas engine running at all.
 

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The plug in hybrid is still a hybrid. It is not a full electric car. If you run short trips daily and fully charge overnight, or can charge your vehicle during the day like at work, you could theoretically drive continuously under electric power. I believe there is a setting for electric mode but if you do a trip that exceeds the max electric only capability, (about 30 miles or so max) the car will function like the regular Tucson Hybrid. Added demands on the battery such as heated or cooled seats or a/c will shorten your range. Also if you run the heater it will require the gas engine to warm up to provide the heat. Your plug in hybrid has an advantage over an electric car because you can still drive when your battery taps out. Granted, a full electric car has a longer range, but with a hybrid you can still do long trips without the long charging stops that an electric vehicle requires. if you mainly do short trips you will like the plug in but if you have a long commute or do a lot of long distance traveling you will not see much benefit from the plug in.
Thanks for the reply . Yeah- we are looking at aPHEV for the convenience on long drives.
 

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I believe even if you set it in electric mode, if you really gun it on the throttle the car will need to use the gas engine.
Same reason that the gas engine will automatically operate if you do highway driving (regardless if you're still fully charged). The electric motor alone is not powerful enough in certain situations.
 

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Just took delivery of my PHEV in Canada (Toronto). With colder weather battery does run done faster but easy enough to charge at home. With fast charge it takes around 2.5 hours if down to around 17%. Went of trip to Detroit last week & on Highway used hybrid in "auto" mode. It charged the battery while on highway in cruise & not breaking. Not fully charged but stayed around 30%. Enjoy
 

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I believe even if you set it in electric mode, if you really gun it on the throttle the car will need to use the gas engine.
Same reason that the gas engine will automatically operate if you do highway driving (regardless if you're still fully charged). The electric motor alone is not powerful enough in certain situations.
The gas engine won't kick in as quickly as the regular hybrid since the plug in traction motor is much more powerful and the battery is larger.
 

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Just took delivery of my PHEV in Canada (Toronto). With colder weather battery does run done faster but easy enough to charge at home. With fast charge it takes around 2.5 hours if down to around 17%. Went of trip to Detroit last week & on Highway used hybrid in "auto" mode. It charged the battery while on highway in cruise & not breaking. Not fully charged but stayed around 30%. Enjoy
What was fuel economy on auto mode on hwy ?
 

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Our phev Tucson 4 weeks old with fully charged battery will not stay in ev even when travelling around town at 30 or less how do we get it to stay in ev. Weather is fairly mild around 5 to 12 degrees so no probs with that. Have turned off all heating but still switches between petrol and ev all the time.
 

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These are really good comments! I currently have the 2022 regular Tucson and I am enjoying it! I am considering getting the PHEV, since I drive around town (Mostly 5-10 miles every other day, 30 miles twice a month). I do keep the climate control at a certain temperature and do not turn it off.

If I am trying to use all electricity, would that be possible if climate control is on?
Would the gasoline get old after a while if I don't use any?

Thanks!
 

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I would say depending on where you live and the tempratures are, you may be able to get away with all electic. Definitly if you are not using the climate control it will be alot easier to say in all electric. I will say even when I had the climate control off, the engine did still run occassionally so I a not sure it woud be possible to stay completely on EV all the time.

In Canada, I use Gas Stabilizer, for things like our lawn mower, snow blower, etc. It extends the life of the gas to 6 months. I did have a mechanic tell me that gas does not go bad but then my father always told me it does. Take your pick of which one to believe.
 

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Our phev Tucson 4 weeks old with fully charged battery will not stay in ev even when travelling around town at 30 or less how do we get it to stay in ev. Weather is fairly mild around 5 to 12 degrees so no probs with that. Have turned off all heating but still switches between petrol and ev all the time.
Had the same issue until I figured out the AWD button was on. Once I turned that off, drove about 25 miles encompassing a number of stops without using any gas in a 27 F degree day. Heat off, but seat heater on.
 
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