Prius Video Files

Multi-Display  (Iconic)

Last Updated: Weds. 9/22/2010




This is a segment chosen from a full hour of continuous filming. I left my house with a cold engine, drove through the suburbs, then followed a 55 MPH highway for a couple of miles.  The video file begins just after turning onto a quiet paved country road, where there was ample opportunity to drive a variety of speeds less than 45 MPH.  After a few minutes, I made a U-turn to drive back the same way and get back onto the 55 MPH highway.  That ends with a decent down a long hill to the base of an uphill ramp onto a very busy 65 MPH highway.

Throughout the video, you'll see the Multi-Display being switched between the two common modes.  On "Energy Monitor", watch the many flows of energy. Pay close attention to how frequently the flow changes and to how often electricity is sent to the battery-pack.  On "Consumption", notice how the MPG regularly fluctuates when the engine is running.  When only electricity is being used for propulsion, observe how it influences overall efficiency.



Adding significantly to the value of what's shown on the Multi-Display is the Speedometer.  Knowing the speed Prius is traveling is a very important part of understanding how the hybrid system works.  It takes advantage of many brief opportunities to save gas while at the same time not allowing the charge-level of the battery-pack to drop much below the middle (to ensure maximum life).

Lastly, before educating yourself by watching the real-time 14.5 minute version of the video, consider the two overview versions available.  The "faster" file is increased to a speed 5 times faster than the actual filmed rate, allowing you view the entire duration in a little less than 3 minutes.  The "fastest" file speeds up the complete video to just 52 seconds.



Video File Details:
  • 14 minutes 30 seconds
  • 320 x 240 pixels
  • 10 frames-per-second
  • 24-bit color-depth
  • no audio track
  • AVI format  (MPEG-4 compression)
  • 13.0 MB

If you'd like a copy of the video file, just right-click this link and select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" (depending on your browser type; one-button mouse users will need to hold the CONTROL key also):  DOWNLOAD VIDEO

The FASTER version is 3.2 MB:  download this version

The FASTEST version is 0.9 MB:  download this version


NOTE:  "Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V2" codec (known as "MS-MPEG4v2" by QuickTime) is required to view this AVI format file.  You may need to update your video software for proper playback. 

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