Hybrids are everywhere these days. Are you ready to service them? Your best tool for these vehicles is solid TRAINING and getting the right info to safely and effectively work on them. There is a certain amount of misinformation and rumor floating around, even within several emerging commercial seminar and training efforts. Get the straight story and become COMPETENT and CONFIDENT on these cars. They're here now, and customers are learning that they have maintenance options besides relying completely on dealership service. This information is gathered from all over -- public-domain information, patents, government labs, owner communities, and personal investigation and experience. You will see an understandable emphasis on the Toyota Prius, but many of the principles described will apply to all hybrid vehicles and even major aspects of electric cars and future developments. None of this content, including pictures, text, or overall structure, may be used as part of any third-party for-profit training offering, because it is all right here for free. You are, however, encouraged to direct students toward it as part of a training curriculum.
Prius -- part 1: Introduction, safety
Prius -- part 2: Description
Prius -- part 3: Operation, extras
Motors 101: Elementary 3-phase brushless motors
Much more supporting Prius information is stored at my home site
and many other linked-to places. Months of reading matter available, zero cost!
Autoshop 101 -- great tech site, lots of official Toyota training material
Insight Central -- In-depth info on the Honda Insight hybrid system
Meters -- Jack Rosebro / Fluke on measuring voltage ultra-safely
Please feel free to ask questions, suggest improvements, and help improve this resource! hobbit @ avian.org [or at techno-fandom.org if email bounces]. I and my colleagues are also available for in-person seminars and hands-on demos and training, so you can get up close and personal with this stuff. If you wish to incorporate any material into a commercial effort, contact me to discuss permission and limitations [or lack thereof]. No liability whatsoever is assumed for unsafe or unprofessional practice in diagnosis, repair, or modification -- you mess it up, you're on your own._H* 070615