Ah, that turbo guy again.
Wasn't the Insight deliberately engineered to utilize the upper throttle range efficiently? If not it seems like it was - you know, high gear, low RPM, command electric but not see a gas penalty... I like to do that, probably mostly because I'm in perpetual pack-testing mode. Provided I can regen the electric when I would have otherwise been wasting the momentum, I can't say that I miss much... I can't say that I gain much either - except the 'thrill' of raw NiMH power... To me there's something really cool about super low RPM but having all that power available...WOT?.....I NEVER go past 34% TPS.
No grid charge, mima. Background charge doesn't seem to depend on how low I go, so I don't know. If I have lights on it comes on around 65%, otherwise it comes on whenever it feels like it... Charging strategy is to charge when it's convenient or I absolutely have to. I'll let it background charge if I'm on flats, I don't worry about that. I'll delay background charge if I know I'll have a good down hill coming up... Um, I always graze the brake pedal for full regen when coming to stops, rarely need to use brake friction material...What is your charging strategy? Do you grid charge between runs? Do you have MIMA? Do you drain it low enough to get background charge?
I was curious and just test drove my 2006 to see if it would do this. On several downshifts from 5th to 4th, I could not achieve this behavior. I did notice that the OBDII C&C green light does linger a second or so on clutching, but I don't slam downshifts, so I didn't manage to achieve the no LB gap. It might differ if it were warmer here or if the tires were at higher pressure.When mine is in lean burn, I can shift up or down without taking my foot off the gas and maintain lean burn. Don’t your cars do that?
I was testing tonight, just to be sure I wasn’t fibbing. On a flat road, at about 45 to 55 mph, I can go from 4th to 5th and keep lean burn. I didn’t have the road to test it at higher speeds. It’s just above freezing, wet roads, tires are at 35 psi. 10 mph slower and I can do the same between 3rd and 4th. I can’t quite get 3, 4, and 5 to do it all at once due to bouncing or lagging at either end. I’m not feathering the clutch or slamming, either. In-shift-out over the course of a couple seconds.I was curious and just test drove my 2006 to see if it would do this. On several downshifts from 5th to 4th, I could not achieve this behavior. I did notice that the OBDII C&C green light does linger a second or so on clutching, but I don't slam downshifts, so I didn't manage to achieve the no LB gap. It might differ if it were warmer here or if the tires were at higher pressure.
I went out again today in calm weather, dry, flat roads, temps around freezing, same tire pressure as before. At 55 I can shift between 3, 4, and 5 with no loss of lean burn. I can do the same at 35 mph. It’s easier going up gear than down and upper gears give better mileage. 75 mpg low, 100 mpg high. My speed remains constant. I tried down-shifting 4-3 at the bottom of a pretty good rise, 20+ feet and fairly steep, and sailed over it in 3rd, still in lean burn, at the same speed (45 mph), with the up-shift light on. I suppose I could use the technique to up my lifetime, but I’m not that obsessed with it.Yes, seemingly so, but I learn something every day. May have something to do with electronic box versions. So, Natalya reported she couldn't do it and I can't. Maybe we'll get some others to weigh in