My first hybrid

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My first hybrid

Postby IanLorenc » Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:05 pm

So, I picked up my new car today, and it's my first hybrid.
Behold the simple majesty of the 2013 Toyota Yaris Hybrid, in T4 trim:
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I'm still getting used to it, but when it moves under electric alone...it's eerie, to say the least.
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Re: My first hybrid

Postby ishtmail » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:57 pm

Will follow your progress closely. I'm keen to see what kind of mileage you can do with it.
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Best trip: 100,89 mpg (2,8l / 100 km) / 6,8 miles
Best tank: 83,55 mpg (3,38l / 100km) / 990,1 miles
Longest tank: 82,06 mpg (3,44l / 100km) / 1001,4 miles
Average: 72,73 mpg (3,88l / 100km) after 16.452 miles

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Re: My first hybrid

Postby frv » Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:02 pm

Me too :D
Keep us posted Ian. I'll be impressed if you beat the manufacturer's figures by a decent percentage :mrgreen:
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Re: My first hybrid

Postby greenman » Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:59 pm

Best of luck with that it looks good, is it automatic?
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Re: My first hybrid

Postby IanLorenc » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:31 pm

Personally, I think the official of 80.7 is pie-in-the-sky, skewed testing. I'm personally hoping to average very late sixties, maybe early seventies.
What Car?'s pessimistic 'True MPG' figure is 47.7! Browsing the Yar-Hyb users on Fuelly shows people averaging between 55.4 and 63.9.
Right now I've done just under 70 miles and it's averaging a smidge over 60mpg. I obviously expect this figure to go up as both the car accumulates miles and I get used to driving it.
Is it automatic?
Yup, my first automatic. Very quickly becomes very comfortable, and very easy in traffic. You can get manual hybrids (Civic & CRZ) but these are obviously 'mild' hybrids, and I don't see the point of a hybrid that can't move itself by electric alone.


I was just thinking earlier today...
The 10 y/o Mk5 Fiesta (40k) I had, well, I could batter the official MPG figures, both Combined and Extra-Urban, all year round...but it was a completely different story with the new Fiesta I had, where - under the very best of weather conditions and perfect Sister-Ian-Hail-Mary-driving - I could only top the combined figure by 0.4mpg.
The question is then raised about whether manufacturers now, are getting good at skewing the MPG test. :?:
Or maybe the newer Fiesta would have improved with mileage (I left it with 13k).
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Re: My first hybrid

Postby ishtmail » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:49 pm

I really should apply for a Prius+ test drive some day, I want to see what I can pull from it.

I was hoping that hybrids would by default be capable of 100mpg UK or more, especially on a small car like the Yaris. I guess the gasoline engine is really the problem here, a diesel hybrid would obviously be a better hypermiler car.
Škoda Octavia Combi 1.9 TDI 90HP, 2004

Best trip: 100,89 mpg (2,8l / 100 km) / 6,8 miles
Best tank: 83,55 mpg (3,38l / 100km) / 990,1 miles
Longest tank: 82,06 mpg (3,44l / 100km) / 1001,4 miles
Average: 72,73 mpg (3,88l / 100km) after 16.452 miles

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Re: My first hybrid

Postby IanLorenc » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:51 pm

One thing I'm definitely NOT used to, is that the shorter, the choppier the journey is...the better the car likes it.
I've just done my most hated of weekly drives - two mile, rush hour-timed jaunt to class - and recorded my best mpg so far; 68.1mpg:
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Re: My first hybrid

Postby IanLorenc » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:53 pm

I was hoping that hybrids would by default be capable of 100mpg UK or more, especially on a small car like the Yaris. I guess the gasoline engine is really the problem here, a diesel hybrid would obviously be a better hypermiler car.
Well, there are diesel hybrids emerging...
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Re: My first hybrid

Postby ishtmail » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:29 am

Yeah, I know... The prices for those will be pretty outrageous though :shock:
Škoda Octavia Combi 1.9 TDI 90HP, 2004

Best trip: 100,89 mpg (2,8l / 100 km) / 6,8 miles
Best tank: 83,55 mpg (3,38l / 100km) / 990,1 miles
Longest tank: 82,06 mpg (3,44l / 100km) / 1001,4 miles
Average: 72,73 mpg (3,88l / 100km) after 16.452 miles

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Re: My first hybrid

Postby frv » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:58 am

Thanks for the update Ian - are you driving your hybrid differently to the Fiesta?
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