2007 Toyota Prius - Road TripA road trip from Prince George (BC, Canada) to Vancouver in March 2007. Elevation and speed are from a handheld GPS. The Prius energy graph shows cumulative fuel consumption and electricity regenerated in the previous 5 minutes, so is offset from the GPS values which are averaged over a few seconds.
General conclusion - the car uses more fuel going uphill (duh!). I can't really tell from the coarse
energy graphs if average speed or cruise control make a significant difference.
Halfway from Prince George to Quesnel:Open 2-lane highway, rolling hills, mostly 100km speed limit, near Hixon. Map (centered on location when console photo was taken)
South of Clinton30km south of Clinton, before the Duffy Lake turn-off. The segment starts near Chasm (map) (the "painted chasm") on a minor road, hence the slow initial speed. Map
Duffy Lake to Pemberton:Crossing the mountains; 2-lane highway, not much traffic, lots of turns and changes in elevation. Map
Lilloet to WhistlerThe HV battery was nearly depleted at the end of the initial 400m climb, but the road flattened out and it started charging again before I could see what happened. During the long downhill stretch the HV battery completely charged in the first half. No fuel consumption at all! Engine braking ("B" position on the selector) seemed to have little effect, except that some engine noise kicks in and the car comes out of cruise control.
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