Low on Fuel

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Rob Young
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Low on Fuel

Post by Rob Young » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:03 pm

Last week I ran my Hybrid low on fuel. (not totally empty)
A message appeared instructing me to go to the nearest fuel station.
which was located about three miles away.
I parked up for maybe two or three minutes en route then proceeded
to the filling station. After about 200 M the vehicle just stopped,
& wouldn't start. Extremely awkward as it was on a blind bend.
After about a 15 min wait it started & I was able to continue my journey
& put in some fuel.

It doesn't really say much about this event in the owners booklet,
except you can't run on battery only if low/out of fuel.
Is this what's intended, to just cut out ?
I assume some kind of battery regeneration was taking place during the 15 min?
How far can you travel after you receive the message?
I'll never let that happen again as it was not a pleasant experience.

Comments gratefully received.
Cheers Rob

P.S. very happy with the car, it's fantastic! :)

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Re: Low on Fuel

Post by HaxbyPete » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:25 am

That message usually poops up on my Niro HEV at the same time that the 'low fuel' alarm rings and a light shines on the dash board. Which is usually with around 30 miles to go yet - according to the fuel remaining gauge.

So I have never had the courage to push it to 'empty' but I do know that I have usually managed a further ten miles or so to the nearest petrol station.

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Re: Low on Fuel

Post by davethesteam » Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:52 pm

Sounds trite I know - but fill up before 'miles to go ' gauge shows you are low . I tend to fill up when fuel is showing just below half

Rob Young
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Re: Low on Fuel

Post by Rob Young » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:55 pm


Thanks for your replies. (Even the trite)

Should the car switch over & run on battery only for a limited distance ? some Hybrids do.

What is the "official" version of what happens in the above circumstances?

I wonder why it switched off & then after waiting ran again if kept below 25 mph?

It's due for the first service in November I'll ask the dealer to find out & post the reply.

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