ICE running on PHEV

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PeterM
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ICE running on PHEV

Post by PeterM » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:52 pm

On start up of PHEV niro with a fully charged battery the engine also starts up and takes 4/5 miles to turn itself off . This happens even if on the flat or downhill .Does anyone else have this and think it inefficient


radar2018
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Re: ICE running on PHEV

Post by radar2018 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:08 pm

Press the "OFF" button below the demister button, that is what I do
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AlanW55
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Re: ICE running on PHEV

Post by AlanW55 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:20 pm

The engine runs to heat the car interior. As radar2018 says, turning off the heating will stop the engine running, but really? I've heard some people say they use the heated seats, and wear a thick coat! In very cold weather you'll have all sorts of problems with internal condensation if the heater isn't running, unless you're happy to drive with the windows open...
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PeterM
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Re: ICE running on PHEV

Post by PeterM » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:12 pm

That sounds remarkably inefficient running a 1.6 ltr petrol to generate heat . I knew there had to be a flaw in the car somewhere - otherwise its been great


radar2018
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Re: ICE running on PHEV

Post by radar2018 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:52 pm

While they is condensation on the windscreen , a blast from the demister clears it in about 30 seconds, then I just close the fan down to 1 and it keeps the windscreen clear, and the engine does not run.

I am not a fan (Pun )of having hot air blown over me so the seat does grand
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AlanW55
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Re: ICE running on PHEV

Post by AlanW55 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:16 pm

Actually ICEs are very efficient at generating heat, they're inefficient at providing propulsion. You say your engine is running for 4-5 miles, have you tried keeping an eye on the temperature gauge? The Niro is supposed to have a rapid warm-up system, even extracting heat from the exhaust manifold. I had an old Hillman Imp once that had no thermostat, but even that was fully warmed up in 4-5 miles. This morning was quite cold, and I first stopped at the traffic lights a couple of miles away. The engine stopped, and there was heat coming in through the lower vents. Intriguing!
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