HEV VEHICLE MOVEMENT NOTES & CAUTIONS
Do not stop the hybrid system when the vehicle is moving. This will cause loss of power to the power steering and the brake booster, making steering and braking more difficult. It could aso result in accidental activation of the "LOCK" (off) position on the ignition switch, causing the steering wheel to lock.
Depending on the state of the vehicle (for example, if there is little power remaining on the high voltage battery), the engine may automatically restart. Be sure to depress the brake pedal while the vehicle is stationary.
No sound is emitted by the engine during the motor driving. Therefore, there is a possibility that the surrounding people do not notice the vehicle starting and approaching. Pay attention to your surroundings while driving.
Do not operate the starter motor continuously for more than 10 seconds. If the engine fails to start after operating the starter for 5 to 10 seconds, wait for 10 seconds or more before trying again.
If the hybrid system is stopped during driving, the catalyst may overheat and burn.
When starting the hybrid system, be sure to sit in the driver's seat (except when using the remote engine start system).
If the hybrid READY indicator light does not illuminate even after the engine has been started, have the vehicle inspected by a SUBARU dealer.
EV mode lamp: If the engine is temporarily stopped by the system, the EV mode lamp on the combination meter will illuminate. This indicator light will turn off when the system restarts the engine.
Vehicle approach information unit (the pedestrian alert sound system)
When driving only using the motor power (forward and reverse travelling), a sound will be made to alert people in the vicinity that the vehicle is in close proximity. This alert system will operate when the vehicle speed is less than 15 mph (24 km/h) or less. the pedestrian alert sound may be difficult for people in the surrounding area to hear in the following cases.
- The vehicle is in a noisy area.
- The vehicle is in the rain or strong wind
It may be more difficult to hear the sound from the rear of the vehicle than from the front.