- Aug 7, 2012
I stand corrected...thank you sir!
Originally Posted By: Okapi77
How, in my opinion, the Prius does it. The hybrid system spins the motor up to about 800 rpm to start the ICE. Happens almost instantly. This happens every time, including cold starts. The ICE uses an Atkinson cycle engine so it is a low compression, low power motor. The ICE will never see redline. I have never seen one go over 4,000 rpm. So, low power, low stress, low speed, and easy starts. I have worked for Toyota for almost 11 years, and have been hybrid certified for about 8. Never seen a 1.5 powered ICE fail in a Prius.