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I drove my maverick last night for the first time in the dark and I notice going downhill and coasting. It was not going into electric Drive. It’s always worked fine during the day when I drive it so I’m just asking the group if I’m missing something?
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The electric drive components of the hybrid are not daylight dependent. The reason for your observation could depend on many factors but the lack of daylight is not one of them.
 

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Running the heat may increase the amount of time the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) runs.
Also, if the truck immediately switches to ICE during gentle driving, try letting off the accelerator pedal twice, then gently re-applying the pedal. That can often make it switch back to Electric mode.
 

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It doesn't go into electric coasting down a hill. That will allow the hvb to be charged. You have to be pressing on the pedal to go into electric.
 

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It doesn't go into electric coasting down a hill. That will allow the hvb to be charged. You have to be pressing on the pedal to go into electric.
Ummm no. It can go into electric mode whenever it feels like it. Down hill, flat, whatever. What's more likely is that OPs battery was low and needed to be charged so the ICE ran.
 
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Ummm no. It can go into electric mode whenever it feels like it. Down hill, flat, whatever. What's more likely is that OPs battery was low and needed to be charged to the ICE ran.
Maybe my mistake, but the Guage on my dash only goes into the blue when I press on the pedal? Unless you're counting charging as electric?
 

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Ok. My mistake.
Easy mistake to make. I assume you are talking about the hybrid coach screen on the dash? If so, that's just talking about drive power, not what functional mode the vehicle is in. A little confusing to hybrid newbies I'm sure. I turn all that stuff off, it's just distracting.
 

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Easy mistake to make. I assume you are talking about the hybrid coach screen on the dash? If so, that's just talking about drive power, not what functional mode the vehicle is in. A little confusing to hybrid newbies I'm sure. I turn all that stuff off, it's just distracting.
Yes I admit, I'm a hybrid virgin. But I do like it!
 
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I drove my maverick last night for the first time in the dark and I notice going downhill and coasting. It was not going into electric Drive. It’s always worked fine during the day when I drive it so I’m just asking the group if I’m missing something?
It's very likely, especially if you live in a colder climate, and at night, that the engine was warming up. I don't drive very far most days, everything is close to our house, driving more than 10 miles at a time is a rarity. So there have been times where I've driven and the EV stuff didn't even turn on, because the truck wasn't driven long enough to let it warm up. I wouldn't worry. Now if you were driving the truck for an hour, and the EV stuff never turned on, I'd be concerned.
 

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It doesn't go into electric coasting down a hill. That will allow the hvb to be charged. You have to be pressing on the pedal to go into electric.
NO no no no no no no.

You do not.
 

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Maybe my mistake, but the Guage on my dash only goes into the blue when I press on the pedal? Unless you're counting charging as electric?
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.

Because it is the truth.
If it is green and not white.
 

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Ummm no. It can go into electric mode whenever it feels like it. Down hill, flat, whatever. What's more likely is that OPs battery was low and needed to be charged so the ICE ran.
The reverse can also be true.

If the HV battery is FULL the engine will be spinning while going downhill because the regenerative power has to spin the engine as an air compressor to slow you down.

But this is a "fuel cutoff mode". The engine is running, sometimes at a high enough RPM to hear it, and sometimes not, but no fuel is being used. The electric generator is spinning the engine without fuel to create mechanical drag, while at the same time the traction motor at the wheels is now generating power to create electromagnetic drag at the same time. Quite clever.
 

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Easy mistake to make. I assume you are talking about the hybrid coach screen on the dash? If so, that's just talking about drive power, not what functional mode the vehicle is in. A little confusing to hybrid newbies I'm sure. I turn all that stuff off, it's just distracting.
How do you turn it off?
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