Originally Posted by Gunslingerheel
As a noob to the PHEV world may I ask a few questions so I can understand better? If so here we go.
1) What do you mean by more information regarding trips?
2) What do you mean by better information regarding stopping and charging?
3) What about the blind spot indicators?
1) In my Fusion, when I turned off the ignition, a display on the dash would tell me how many miles I traveled, how much gas I used, how many KWHs of electricity I used, how many KWHs of electricity was generated from braking, how many minutes I traveled. I could log in to the Ford Mobile app and see for the last month or so each trip and each charging session. For each trip it would tell me how many miles I traveled using electricity and how many KWHs used, the same for petrol. While driving it would show a bar chart of the last hour's fuel economy in 5 minute increments.
2) When I would come to a stop it would display what percentage of energy was recouped by regenerative braking. This would allow you to train yourself on how best to brake.
3) Blind spot indicators are lights in your outside rear view mirrors that let you know when a vehicle is in your blind spots on either side of the car. I check my rear view mirror when changing lanes before I put on my blinker and having a light in the mirror let's me know when it is not safe to change lanes.
I understand that the goal is to get normal folks to look at PHEVs as just another car (the design choice for the rear quarter panels on the Clarity doesn't help this) but at this point many people who are attracted to these cars seek them out. The type of people, IMO, who seek them out are somewhat geeks/nerds/technocrats, who like this stuff. These cars will not become mainstream until;
A) Non traditional design choices are abandoned. My wife loved the looks of my last two Ford Fusions (hybrid/PHEV) because they looked like "normal" cars.
B) The price of petrol at the pump reflects the real cost to society of its use, not the subsidized cost it is today.
Hopefully that answered your questions. This is based on my experience, obviously.