- Does the Prius really have traction control? Some sites say yes, and
others don't mention it as a feature. If so, how does it work? Why
is it necessary with such a low power vechicle?
- Yes, it does have traction control in a limited form. The computer monitors
the speed of the front and rear wheels. If it detects that the front wheels
are spinning faster than the rear wheels, it drops power. I believe that
this is to provide better control on slick surfaces (but a few have reported
that it makes it tough to start going uphill on a slick surface...but that
is difficult in any case).
It also is torque limited. "Such a low power vehicle" has a lot of
electric-motor torque available from 0-400 rpm. It could easily shear the
axle's out if full torque were delivered.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2001 2:38 AM
Subject: [toyota-prius] Traction Control?
> Does the Prius really have traction control? Some sites say yes, and
> others don't mention it as a feature. If so, how does it work? Why
> is it necessary with such a low power vechicle?
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