When you first start out the car will be in EV mode, and the gas engine will not come on unless you press the accelerator pedal too far. It will stay in EV mode until the EV range reaches 0, at which point the gas engine will come on. It will now be in HV mode even though the HV indicator does not appear. In HV mode it operates like a regular hybrid, meaning that it uses both gas and electric. In HV mode the gas engine will automatically charge the battery as needed to keep it from getting too low, however EV miles will remain at 0. But that's no problem because the car works fine in HV mode. If you have never owned a hybrid before it may take some getting used to how the engine sounds in HV mode because the RPM's will sometimes seem disconnected to what you are doing with the accelerator pedal.I am a new 2018 Clarity plug in owner and am confused as to how to charge the battery while driving. I know the ICE is supposed to charge it, but I can't quite figure out how to make that happen.
From HV mode press and hold the Hv button until battery charging is indicated. It should remain in charge mode until batteries reach about 70% charge.I am a new 2018 Clarity plug in owner and am confused as to how to charge the battery while driving. I know the ICE is supposed to charge it, but I can't quite figure out how to make that happen.
IIRC, the 57% “rule’ has to do with some obscure CARB regulation. I think the BMW i3rex fell under this too being only allowed to use 1.x gallons from the 2.5 gal onboard tank. Tesla, for a very short period of time, used swappable battery packs to get around another CARB rule. Games.....I'm curious. Why does HV Charge mode only charge the battery to 57%?
From what I understand BMW wanted the U.S. version of the i3 REx to be classified as a BEVx in California, i.e. a range extender, which would give it an extra $1,000 in Clean Vehicle Rebate compared to a regular PHEV, and which presumably gave BMW more CARB credits also. California considers a BEVx to be a car that drives primarily electric but which has a small electric motor and gas tank in case of not being able to make it to a charging station. Generally speaking, according to California a BEVx should not be able to go farther on gas than it can on electric, thus the software limitation only allowing using 1.9 gal of the 2.4 gal gas tank, a "virtual" loss of half a gallon. California also required a software modification that the car could not be manually switched from electric to gas, instead it automatically switched on the gas engine when EV range was nearly depleted. Although apparently many U.S. owners installed a hack that someone wrote to get around the limitations.I think the BMW i3rex fell under this too being only allowed to use 1.x gallons from the 2.5 gal onboard tank.