Forgive me for not searching, but I've been wondering about this for some time and never seen it mentioned.
Does anyone here *really* know how the EV+ mode works? I understand the concept -- it "learns" how you drive in certain places you visit all the time, and then can switch to the battery and drain it a lot further down, right? But I have assumptions and questions about this.
1) It only works when it "knows" you are coming to an end to your trip, right? I mean, if it's going to drain the battery all the way down it does so on the assumption that you will then stop and the next time you start up you will then switch to the engine to charge it up again? Is that true?
2) How often does it need to have you visit the same place?
The reason these two questions/issues occur to me is that the ONLY time (in 1500 miles so far, which I admit isn't a lot but it IS over the exact same routes over and over) it switches to EV+ mode for me is the very short time I get within a couple of blocks of our home. It never does so coming back over those two blocks (when I start back out) which is why I assume 1).
But it also never does it when I come to a stop at any of my tennis venues, which over the last six weeks I have done dozens of times, all driving in exactly the same way (I'm a creature of habit, so it isn't as if I change the speed or the manner in which I drive, which is *very* carefully). I keep thinking that ONE day it will "know" those places but it never does and in terms of learning the route home to my garage it seemed to know that pretty quickly (within a couple of weeks of owning the car) so at this point I've been to those places at least as many times without any EV+ mode.
I'm not overly concerned about this -- I get good mpg and I think of the EV+ mode as just a kind of happy bonus that reminds me I'm nearly home. But I'd love to know if anyone understands this in more detail so I can stop at least wondering.