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How well do hybrid air conditioners work?

In hot weather like Texas ot Florida. ??

My cars have always had mechanically driven air conditioners.
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In hot weather like Texas ot Florida. ??

My cars have always had mechanically driven air conditioners.
My wife thinks the ac works fine in our 2019 hybrid.

It defaults to recirculate, eco mode and half power on the fan to conserve the battery.

It has been 97 degrees in Utah lately and I set my side to 70 and my wife sets hers to 75 and we never turn it off at stop lights and it seems cool. In the 80 degree weather I have been operating at 74 degrees.

Fuel economy doesn’t seem to go down with the ac. We are averaging 41 mpg freeway and city.

My 2000 Chev pickup ac is an ice box and the Rav 4 can’t compare but the Rav 4 is fine.
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In humid NJ, fine. It's been in the 90s the past week. No problem and I have the engine on ECO. I have a Hyundai hybrid too, nare a problem.
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You have electric AC compressor. thus, it does not take any power away from the engine, to lower mpg. It is hybrid battery power supplied. So if you drive normally and recharge battery, you should see no drop in mpg.


●Outside/recirculated air mode may automatically switch depending on the
temperature setting or the inside temperature.
■When the outside temperature exceeds 75°F (24°C) and the air conditioning
system is on
●In order to reduce the air conditioning power consumption, the air conditioning
system may switch to recirculated air mode automatically. This may also
reduce fuel consumption.
●Recirculated air mode is selected as a default mode when the power switch
is turned to ON mode.
●It is possible to switch to outside air mode at any time



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My wife thinks the ac works fine in our 2019 hybrid.

It defaults to recirculate, eco mode and half power on the fan to conserve the battery.

It has been 97 degrees in Utah lately and I set my side to 70 and my wife sets hers to 75 and we never turn it off at stop lights and it seems cool. In the 80 degree weather I have been operating at 74 degrees.

Fuel economy doesn’t seem to go down with the ac. We are averaging 41 mpg freeway and city.

My 2000 Chev pickup ac is an ice box and the Rav 4 can’t compare but the Rav 4 is fine.

my non hybrid older nissan maxima switches to outside air when it is shut off, so for short trips and hot days you have to manually select inside air every startup to get max cooling. really dumb.
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The electric A/C compressor on our Prius works fine. It's especially cool (pun intended) to be sitting at a traffic light in silence with the gas engine not running and cold air flowing from the vents. I've waited for probably 15 minutes at a car wash for a bay to free up on a hot summer day with the engine off and the A/C running - it's my favorite feature on hybrid cars.

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