Last post on Mar 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM
You are in the Nissan Altima Hybrid
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Nissan Altima Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
#3 of 12 Re: Hybrid battery/Electric motor [jfc31]
Oct 01, 2008 (5:45 am)
yes, it's normal, the battery doesn't have that much capacity to be able to stand too much stop and go. actually, stop and go, the battery usually is ok, it's when the highway is a parking lot, that's when it completely dies. it might last about 1/4 mile when it's parking lot traffic
#4 of 12 Noisy electric motor 2007 NAH
May 17, 2010 (6:53 am)
I have a 2007 NAH with 40000, I thought the electric motor makes too much noise recently (around 3 months) - I'm sure the ICE was not running - when I do my "ear test".
Does anyone feel the same way about the noise from the electric motor?
Does the electric motor require any "scheduled" maintenance?
#5 of 12 Nissan Altima Hybrid Battery
May 28, 2010 (11:11 am)
Has anyone ever gotten their battery to be fully charged? I've driven on gas on a freeway for over an hour, expecting that this drive should be enough to fully charge a battery, but the needle never went past a little under 3/4. Is this an issue to take to the dealership? Or is this normal???
#6 of 12 Re: Nissan Altima Hybrid Battery [popny85]
May 29, 2010 (1:10 pm)
Yes, I think it is normal, unless you drive down hill for extended period of time, it is rare to see the battery higher than 75% charged.
#8 of 12 Regenerative Braking disabled by Cruise Control??
Feb 08, 2010 (10:18 pm)
If cruise control is off, regenerative braking works the way I would expect (i.e., braking shows as a charging of the high voltage batteries on the "Power Meter").
If cruise control is engaged, stepping on the brake pedal engages the mechanical brakes but not regenerative braking (i.e., no charging on the Power Meter). This is 100% reproducible and is true no matter what the charge level is on the high voltage batteries.
Obviously, this negatively impacts mileage unless I do not use the cruise control at all. Nissan service folks, largely being incompetent in my experience, don't appear to even grasp the issue
Has anybody else experienced this? Is this a generic NAH problem or specific only to my car?
Feb 09, 2010 (5:44 am)
Sure, but when you are in CC and you hit the brakes, doesn't that take you OUT of CC mode?
#10 of 12 Re: ? [cephraim]
Feb 11, 2010 (8:32 am)
actually, when you are on cruise control and go downhill (on a steep grade), the engine will help control the speed of the car and regen. I don't think their car is supposed to do that
#11 of 12 Re: ? [cephraim]
Mar 17, 2010 (5:16 am)
While hitting the brakes does take the car out of CC, regenerative braking is still locked out. Apparently the computer is programmed (a "bug" I would say) to lock out the regenerative braking whenever the brakes are depressed and CC is on at that instant). You can see what is happening by the following small experiment:
Set the CC for 40 mph and step on the brakes moderately. The "power meter" will NEVER dip into the blue (indicating regenerative braking) UNLESS you remove your foot entirely from the brake pedal and reapply the brakes. This time, the computer sees the CC as "off" from the first brake push, and regenerative braking works as it should.
The "Shop Foreman" at my local Nissan deal "has heard this problem many times before", but they won't do anything because it doesn't show an error code, and, therefore, "was working as designed". I asked if an error code would show if the right front wheel fell off. The service person admitted it would not. So I asked if that would mean it was "was working as designed".
#12 of 12 Re: ? [langjie]
Mar 17, 2010 (9:18 am)
[actually, when you are on cruise control and go downhill (on a steep grade), the engine will help control the speed of the car and regen. I don't think their car is supposed to do that]
This is excatly how it is supposed to work. What is happening is that the power from the engine is being sent to the battery instead of the drivetrain. Turn on you monitor to see this. If you go down a very long grade (1 mile or more) you should be able to move your battery capacity to the top of the range.