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Entries Tagged as 'Prius'

Chevrolet Volt — an electric car when you plug it in, a normal car when you don’t

November 24th, 2012 · No Comments

When I bought my Toyota Prius in 2006 it was pretty much at the forefront of automotive technology.  The Prius had a modestly sized battery and an ingenious hybrid drive system which used its efficient gasoline engine to both drive the car and to help keep the battery charged.   That hybrid system allowed the Prius […]

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Toyota Prius EV Mode Hack

June 6th, 2006 · 18 Comments

Salsa Red PriusEvery Toyota Prius that rolls off of the assembly line has the programming built into the computer to enable “EV” (“electric vehicle”) Mode. EV Mode tells the computer controlling the Prius to turn off the gas engine and use only its batteries until one of the following things happens:

  • the batteries get too discharged (down to 2 bars on the Prius’ Energy display)
  • the vehicle speed hits 35mph
  • the driver asks for a lot of power (climbing a steep hill or getting onto the highway)
  • the drive disengages EV Mode

When one of the above conditions is met the gasoline engine will turn on and the Prius will be out of EV Mode and back into its normal driving mode.

Because of reasons no one quite understands the Prius that you buy in the United States is missing the button on the dashboard to initiate EV Mode (but we all know that it’s somehow because of lawyers, right?). The computer in the US-market Prius knows what EV mode is and what it’s supposed to do when it’s in EV Mode — it’s just that there’s no way to tell the it that you want it to engage EV Mode. Unless you hack your Prius a bit.

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