Mick F wrote:I'm still learning about how these things work.
Ours is "only" a Yaris, so as such the battery isn't very big. A Prius has a much bigger one and as such gets much better economy than we do.
I know you can't get something for nothing, but I wonder if you could prolong the distance available to go under electric drive by driving and braking. Go along a few hundred yards in EV mode, then brake to regenerate, then repeat.
For instance, we live down in a valley, so every time we get home, the battery is full which means if we could find somewhere flat to go, we could get there without using petrol. All the electric juice obtained from gravity alone.
If the battery was big enough and efficient enough, you could charge through gravity down the hills, and then use EV to get up the other sides.
The Kestrel Drive along with the Torotrak transmission would do that but like so many brilliant British developments no one will back it.