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I just bought a Civic Hybrid and it seems to me that it is starting by using the 144 volt motor rather than engaging any gears. This makes sense to me but I haven't seen anything about it anywhere, and it's not in the owners manual anywhere that I've looked. By the way, I think the Prius is a great car, but I have good reasons for choosing the Civic.
 

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David,

This is correct. The Civic Hybrid does indeed "boot" off of the big battery. You also have a 12V back-up starter, in case the big battery is unable to start the car.

peace,
Linda
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'01 Prius
 
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