Much like the auto-parking tool this is more than likely one of those issues that would be more trouble for Toyota to cut through the red tape on than it's worth. First they've gotta deal with the Clean Air Act and all the legal stuff and paperwork for that...and the way the law is currently written that part alone may be insurmountable without a complete rewrite of the law as something like this was not considered or anticipated at the original writing.An04Prius said:
I am certain of nothing. I think. But in the legal system, certainty isn't required, IF my battery were to fail prematurly, and IF Toyota didn't just replace it, I would only have to convince a judge to see things my way.RSnyder said:Melgish, you're certain the warrantees (and the laws enforcing them) are identical in those European and Japanese Prius?
I had the EV mod installed so that I can use it when re-arranging our cars in our driveway, or when backing it up to get the lawn mower out of the garage. As clean as the Prius runs, it pollutes the worst during the first 5 minutes, and if I can keep the ICE off during these short maneuvers, then the entire world benefits in some tiny degree.zinzindorff9 said:What the heck is the big deal
Same here, I would like the EV switch so I can play the auto shuffle without the ICE coming on.melgish said:I had the EV mod installed so that I can use it when re-arranging our cars in our driveway, or when backing it up to get the lawn mower out of the garage. As clean as the Prius runs, it pollutes the worst during the first 5 minutes, and if I can keep the ICE off during these short maneuvers, then the entire world benefits in some tiny degree.
Of course not. We have one of these...zinzindorff9 said:I take it you were getting the "electric mower" out.
Well Spike, the 3/4 mile is probably doable...one way, almost certainly ICE will be necessary on the return trip. You're not saving any emmissions, really, and certianly no fuel...the power to charge the battery comes from the ICE always. The EV benefit is really limited to very short trips, like rearranging cars, where the ICE would not be able to fully warm up.Spike said:I want the EV mode to rearrange cars and motorcycle, other short trips. Or even when my wife goes to work, she only works about 3/4 of a mile from work, and usually walks. But when she has to carry something, or the weather is crap - it would be nice for her to be able to drive and not use a drop of Dino juice. Or spew out the warm up gases. Plus wear and tear on the engine.
Heck, even Target, Costco & Safeway (major grocery chain) are only about 7 miles away on the back roads. Bee great to limit the Prius to electric, I would even be happy to plug it in once in a while to keep this function. Then have "normal function" for longer trips.