I just purchased a fairly maxed used 2013 C-Max ...
I hear that 87 oct gas is the ideal - ...
My main Q tho is re EV+. I would like to delete prev owner's learned EV+ routes, ...
Here's an interesting site. Enter your VIN and you'll get a list of your options, and any outstanding recalls.
Enter your VIN under the "Vehicle" tab.
Fuel: if you're careful and learn how to integrate the car and the terrain, you can get very high mileage. In these cases, octane and ethanol content will make a difference. At no point will you break even on the added cost, even if it's only a couple bucks. Paul Jones is one of the best at attaining high mileage, so he sees a benefit. I saw a similar benefit on in my rural commute.
BUT there was no benefit otherwise; most folks are better off using 87 octane 10% ethanol. I never saw a difference in highway driving, or on strange roads where I couldn't use the terrain around the corner to my advantage.
EV+ will take care of itself. It can remember multiple spots if you hit them regularly. I used to drive past the dealership, and major services and upgrades would register their location as deserving of EV+. It never hurt my real destinations. Turn on and off multiple times (10x?) to register a location.
Only concern with longevity of this car is the transmission on our early 2013's. Lots of threads here.
... I love the car! It's fun ...seems to have more pick-up...
How about battery life? ...
My main concern re octane fuel is power. I would pay a little more if the engine can adjust and I can get extra power. But I want to do what is best overall for the car....
Any clue what the (knob) up top is for near sunglasses bay? It's next to the also inexplicable button left of it that looks like a painter's palette that seems to have no effect on anything.
There are real advantages to pairing an electric motor with a small gasoline engine. The latter is dead at zero RPM, while the other's power is limited only by the available current at zero when stopped. You'll spin the tires on occasion.
The key life test result tells me battery life is nothing to worry about. Ford did a very good job protecting the battery... you only use the middle 40% of the 1.5KWh capacity. Dash indicator limits are about 30% and 70%, and that's a very good thing for battery life.
Driving a hybrid is not about power, it's about efficiency. This is an Atkinson-cycle engine after all; revving quickly to high RPMs is its greatest weakness. Turning the engine at less than 2000 RPM and accelerating, while still charging the battery, will get you up to speed with a full battery, ready to coast on EV. 60MPG is achievable on a round trip course (one-way trips can't be trusted).
Half-throttle rabbit-starts will put you on par with Consumer Reports' test drivers.
The knob and buttons are "ambient lighting." You can change the color of the accent lights in the foot wells and door latch (palette) as well as the intensity (knob). If equipped... mine was. Try turning it on (knob) then pressing the switch, in the dark.
BTW, the owners' manual is available online; I just searched for "palette."