2010 Honda Insight: Energy Management
August 20, 2009
As Karl wrote in an earlier post, the 2010 Honda Insight's hybrid energy management display (accessed by scrolling through the various LCD menus) is pretty simple. There are animated dotted lines for gasoline engine power (it's either flowing or inactive) and battery (either charging or discharging). That's it. But what else do you really need? Plus, I like the location of the display as it's easier to check at a glance than if it were on the main navigation screen.
Also, check out what's going on with the display here. As you might know, the Insight's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system doesn't allow for electric-only propulsion like a Toyota Prius does. But I noticed that while descending a long mountain grade with the cruise control set (no throttle input by me or the car), the IMA would kick in just a slight amount of electrical juice to keep the car at the set speed. This is likely the only time you'd get to see this "electric-only" power flow on an Insight.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor