Yeah, I don't skip gears. Especially in the insight. If I want max acceleration, I use each gear so that my RPM stays as high as possible. Why would I shift from redline in 2nd to like 2000 rpm in 4th?
If I want max mpg, I shift through each gear as soon as possible. In order to skip a gear I'd have to let the low gear rev WAY higher. I just shift at 2000 rpm.
I don't see how skipping gears, which puts you further away from your ideal rpm, can help you in any situation.
When slowing down, I try to use regen exclusively and stay off the brake pads. I don't downshift through every gear. Too much work. It's not like there's a noticable torque curve during regenerative braking, so I usually go from 5th to 3rd to neutral. I don't like that regen stops at 30mpg in 5th, so that's when I downshift to 3rd to keep regen going until 19mph. By then I can autostop anyway, but I usually don't clutch in until ~800-500 rpm since the car doesn't seem to fight to maintain idle.
Why would I shift from redline in 2nd to like 2000 rpm in 4th?
Because I'm already at 55 and don't want to go any faster, so I skip 3rd gear.
If I want max mpg, I shift through each gear as soon as possible.
The best fuel economy comes from Wide-Open Throttle and getting to 5th gear as quickly as possible (for steady state cruising). That means a 1-2-5 style. This has been shown in High MPG contests again and again.
OWN: 61mpg Insight (greenercars.org score: 57)
both blue and silver,
and a 45mpg BeetleTDI (score: 47).
Because I'm already at 55 and don't want to go any faster. The best fuel economy comes from Wide-Open Throttle 1st/2nd gears and getting to 5th gear as quickly as possible (for steady state cruising). This has been shown in High MPG contests again and again.
Ah, racing to a given speed. For sorta-aggressive driving on the street, I usually taper my shift points down as I approach my desired speed. It seems less awkward than redlining through the gears then suddenly dropping to cruising RPM (which probably sounds like a mis-shift from outside).
Back in the "60' I had the opportunity to ride a factory Suzuki racer (Motorcycle)
It was a 50cc twin rotary valve, with a 10 speed transmission.
Power curve was from 10,000 to 12,000 rpm. (Rev. limited)
(It was a ball to ride, but caused foot cramps trying to stay on the power band)
01 MT "Little Red Rocket"
The first "TURBOCHARGED" Hybrid, Insight G1- (01/2003)
MaxIMA Battery (Serial #2), on 8/25/12 @ 301,520 miles
Use: 320,000 mi. @ 57.8 LMPG
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