Housed in a hooded central pod
directly in front of the driver, the Insight's Electronic Instrument
Display is a combination analog and digital readout that shows all
important information about the Insight's Integrated Motor Assist
(IMA) system and its effect on vehicle performance. This information is presented in a manner that encourages
the driver to take an interest in improving the vehicle's fuel economy.
Conventional information about engine and vehicle performance is presented
in an easy to read digital or bar graph format.
Energy Use Meter
This display indicates the operational
status of the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system. There
are three modes:
- Motor Assist:
The IMA is using battery power to help propel the
car, the amount of assist is indicated by the illumination
of amber colored bars on the right side of the display.
When more bars are illuminated, more assist is being used.
- Battery charging:
The IMA is recharging the battery pack, using energy from
vehicle momentum / the gasoline engine. The amount of recharge
is indicated by the illumination of green colored bars on
the left side of the display. When more bars are illuminated,
the battery is being recharged at a higher rate.
No bars illuminated. Note that since the IMA motor/generator
will generate electricity whenever it is turning, slow charging
can take place even when no bars are illuminated. The rate
of charging will depend on how many other accessories are
State of Charge Indicator
The battery State of Charge bar graph display
represents the current state of IMA
battery charge. The indicator is operated by the Battery Condition
Monitor module (BCM), which constantly calculates the
battery state of charge.
The BCM maintains the IMA
battery state of charge in a range of 20% to 80%, which optimizes
battery life. It never allows the battery to reach 100% charge
or 100% discharge. When the BCM has determined that the battery
should not be charged any more, the display shows full charge.
When the BCM will not let the IMA battery discharge any further,
the display indicates a zero charge. The display provides
the driver information about the amount of electrical assist
available at any time.
is not linear. As with many fuel level gauges,
the top half of the display range covers considerably more
than half the capacity range.
The upshift indicator will illuminate when
better fuel economy can be achieved by shifting up to a higher
The downshift indicator
will illuminate when the Insight is unable to maintain the
current speed, even with full assist. This light will sometimes
illuminate when climbing steep hills at highway speeds. When
driving in less hilly areas, this light may never illuminate
Odometer / Trip Meter / Fuel Efficiency Meter
||In the center
of the instrument display, below the digital speedometer display,
is the combination odometer / fuel economy meter.
At the left side of
this display, average fuel economy is shown. This average
is updated once per minute. To the right of this average,
is the odometer / trip distance display. The driver can select
the lifetime odometer for the vehicle, or switch between three
resettable trip meters: "Trip A", "Trip B"
or "segment". The average mileage display always
shows the average for the distance that is selected. That
is, if trip meter A is selected, the average mileage is shown
for that trip. "Segment" mode is toggled on and
off by touching the FCD button. The current segment is reset
by pressing and holding the FCD button while in "Segment"
mode. The normal mode display can be switched between the
odometer and the two trip meters by pressing the Trip button.
At the lower portion of the display, a bar
graph shows the instantaneous fuel economy, which changes
in real time based on the amount of fuel that the fuel injectors
are currently delivering, and based on the current speed.
When the speedometer is
set to mph, odometer / trip meter distances are displayed
in miles, and fuel efficiency is displayed in miles per gallon.
When the speedometer is set to km/h, odometer / trip meter
distances are displayed in kilometers, and fuel efficiency
is displayed in liters per 100km.
Both the instantaneous
bar graph and the average fuel efficiency number can be turned
off at the driver's discretion. To turn off the bar graph,
press and hold the FCD button until the bar & legend disappear.
To also turn off the numerical average, press and hold the
FCD button again, until that disappears.
Engine Status Meter
||The right circle
on the dashboard shows information on the gasoline engine status,
including gasoline engine warning lights, coolant temperature,
tachometer and idle stop indicator:
When the Insight goes into Auto
Idle Stop mode, a green "Auto Stop" LED at the
base of the tachometer illuminates to indicate that the engine
is not moving at all, but to remind the driver that the car
is still in the "on" mode.
If the engine cannot be
restarted because the clutch is not entirely depressed, the
Auto Stop LED will blink. The LED will also blink and a buzzer
will sound if the driver's door is opened when the car is
in Auto Stop mode, so that the driver cannot easily mistake
this condition for key OFF and leave the car.
reads the current speed in either kilometers per hour or miles
per hour. Speed is displayed both when the car is moving forward
and backwards. Speed as slow as 1 mph / 1 km/h will register
on the speedometer.