How can I tell when my hybrid Auris is running on electric or petrol?

I am in the process of buying a 2010 Toyota Auris Hybrid but I notice there is no indication of when you are running on electric and when you are running on petrol. Is there any way of adding a unit or changing the software to do this. Am I right in thinking that when the car is travelling less than 39 mph it goes to electric? Does it start charging the battery when going downhill?

Asked on 19 April 2017 by Las

Answered by Honest John
There's no need for what you describe. It runs electric when it can, depending on the terrain, how much charge is in the battery and the condition of the battery. It will start on electric, but will never run very far on battery alone. No more than a few miles. You can expect 60mpg. On a long hill you get a big charge. On a steep hill you switch to 'B' on the stick and use the hybrid drive to retard the car. With a hybrid, the system is constantly recharging or using the battery. It's at its worst ascending steep hills and at its best descending them.
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