I would have to think that you are going to want to drive it until it warms up. Even the Prius does that, and it is gasoline.Diesels get better MPG when they're warmed up, as opposed to cold, correct? Or is it not enough of a difference to matter?
What I'm thinking is while you're driving around on electric-only for the first 17 miles, is the engine running at all (and therefore warming up)? Or does it cold start when the electric runs out?
Or am I completely back-asswards on how these things work?
Just curious, do all of the standard systems (power steering, anti-lock brakes, esp, heat/ac, etc) work when you are coasting without the engine running?I would have to think that you are going to want to drive it until it warms up. Even the Prius does that, and it is gasoline.
I know a lot of people don't approve, but I drive my Jetta with me being stop/start by turning the key slightly off, placing back in the "on" position without cranking and coast in neutral until I need to go again and bump start it. It works fine when warmed up... I wouldn't dare do it on a cold engine. The amount of time you are coasting is not enough to cool off the engine enough to worry about, even in cold weather... we are talking about coasting just over a mile, maximum, in most conditions. I guess if you were in the mountains and going downhill you could go for a long time... but you could also probably coast in gear without slowing down in that scenario, too.
I am ready to trade in the Traverse on this. We bought it just over a year ago to replace our minivan hoping we would get slightly better fuel economy, but we get slightly worse. My wife was driving 60 miles per day (as I normally do) and it was 85-90% highway... she got 18-19 mpg when it is rated for 24 mpg highway... We love the overall feel of the vehicle, but if I could get something just north of 30 mpg, that would be great.
That would be a negative, sir. Yes, it is certainly a risk. Heat works for a little while until the coolant in the heater core cools down, but as I stated, it isn't for a very long time. The slowest I get when I coast is 40 mph, so steering works pretty well without it.... but I grew up driving cars from the 70s and there wasn't power steering in them, either.Just curious, do all of the standard systems (power steering, anti-lock brakes, esp, heat/ac, etc) work when you are coasting without the engine running?
You'd think the electric motor would work like a frostheater, heck even the Prius has a heater for the ICE coolant to be up to temp pretty much immediately and its been like that for at least 10 years.Don't these motors and batteries use cooling systems? Why not heat the engine with the wasted heat? Surely they've thought of this