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Ukrkoz hadspreviously stated this in a post (I can't find it), but WARNING: DO NOT IDLE EXCESSIVELY IN NEUTRAL. The traction battery does NOT recharge while idling in neutral, but it DOES recharge while idling in Park.

I learned the hard way: while waiting/driving through a car wash, I heard a warning alarm (ding?), and saw a warning, something like "Traction Battery Charge Too Low". I don't remember the exact wording, but I remember Ukrkoz' warning about this. Fortunately, I was able to get out of the carwash, drove the car, and within a mile or two (it seemed to take FOREVER) the traction battery gauge went from 1 purple bar to 2, and then ultimately to green bars.

We just returned from an extensive road trip, FWorth-VA-FWorth-Tampa-FWorth. We inevitably had the car sit idling, in Park, A/C on (dogs in the car, always with a human!) and had no issues.
 

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I guess Toyota didnt' think about the "N" case for car wash places. They want it in "N" to move it by the system.

I moved your other question to dedicated thread. This is N thread.
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Nothing will happen to your car in car wash 10 minutes in N. Just turn off AC, heater and all other appliances and don't really go in with only 2 bars left on hybrid battery.
 

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Nothing will happen to your car in car wash 10 minutes in N. Just turn off AC, heater and all other appliances and don't really go in with only 2 bars left on hybrid battery.
Problem is, I never have my gauges showing hybrid battery capacity. If I had checked it first, I would have driven around enough to charge it up.
I find it curious that there would be a difference between N and P.
 

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It's how PSD is made. None we can do about it.
But I have a better question.
Not that I am frequenting car washes, as I have water, hose, bucket soap and am able bodied, but I do not recall a single car wash I been to, that REQUIRED my car to be in neutral. I was in P or turned off, while brushes moved. I am sure, there some fancy ones that tug your vehicle through washing paces, or are there?
 

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All the hi-end car washes are tunnels, with a mechanism that pulls/rolls the left wheels along a channel. Length of time depends on how long you have to wait in line.
In my case, I'm sure it was purely coincidental that my battery was low when I started into the tunnel. I won't do THAT again.
I hand washed/detailed my cars for 55 years (I'm 65). It's time for someone else to do the work, as I have better things to do!;););)
 
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