Eco mode or economical mode in full is a setting in vehicles that enables a car to cover a maximum distance using less fuel and power. Once you press the eco mode button, it alters a car’s mechanical operations and functionality by reducing the performance of specific vehicle features, i.e., braking system, throttle pedal, the fuel going to the engine, among others.
What Happens When you Press Eco Mode?
- Eco mode limits the engine’s access to fuel for standard cars. It adjusts the engine’s shift points for electric vehicles, reducing acceleration’s sensitivity, resulting in a reduced car’s speed, making it take longer than usual to accelerate.
- The reduction of air conditioning is used to reduce the compressor’s drag on the engine. In return, it lightens the engine, thus minimizing fuel consumption.
- The accelerator becomes slow in responding to inputs. It then affects the car’s general responsiveness, like the engine, and the accelerator is limited in accessing the fuel or power.
Switching Eco-Drive Mode On or Off
You can switch eco-driving mode on or off using a single button. The button is usually located on the lower left side of the driving wheel. When the vehicle is operating, pressing it activates the eco mode, leading to less fuel/power consumption.
On the other hand, clicking the switch when the vehicle’s eco mode is ‘ON’ deactivates the mode, leading to average fuel consumption.
Does Eco Mode Harm the Engine?
Generally, people think that eco mode hurts the engine. This is because it alters the general functionality of the engine. People believe that adjusting engine functions makes it underperform, hurt, or less functional afterward, which is untrue. The eco-driving mode alters the amount of power generated or fuel being consumed by the engine. It can also modify the throttle pedal’s sensitivity, variations, and other suspension settings, but the engine does not get hurt or harmed in the process. All you have to do is drive carefully, like someone approaching a roadblock. The main objective of eco mode is to save gas or power.
To reduce the load, the eco mode makes the accelerator less sensitive. It also reduces the air conditioning’s throughput in most models, which cuts the weight being put on the compressor; therefore, less energy is needed. This automatically implies that less gas or electricity will be consumed.
When to Use Eco Mode
Eco mode driving is best applied when driving at lower speeds in traffic jams or rural areas where the roads are poor. When driving up a hill or on highways where a higher velocity is required, you will need a dynamic and aggressive driving mode with higher engine transmission and faster response.
Other Driving Modes and their Effect on the Engine
The essence of different driving modes is to offer a vehicle the ability to quickly and efficiently switch it into other roles. As sophisticated as the engine’s system might be, the driving modes help handle the dynamics at the touch of a button.
Comfort mode is ideal for long-distance driving to ensure the much-required smooth running of the vehicle. The gear changes in automated cars may come in earlier to campaign for steadier driving. The steering wheel is lightened to minimize the input and maximize output.
The suspensions are made softer to give a floating feel during the ride for the vehicles equipped with air suspensions. Comfort mode is the ideal driving mode for the day to day use of the car and does not hurt the engine in any way.
This mode has become popular in automated vehicles. Otherwise known as custom mode, the individual mode allows the driver to customize and modify specific car settings to their liking and preference. It offers flexibility and comfortability to the driver, although, in some conditions, the drivers are limited on the combinations they can make. You can use individual mode at any time without having to worry about engine damage.
Sport Mode is the most common drive mode in vehicles today. Engaging it increases the vehicle’s throttle’s sensitivity, leading to a faster response, with the increased engine revs bringing about an intense sensation. The wheel becomes quicker and easier to use, and also the speed of switching the pedals is enhanced.
Sport mode makes the vehicle hold onto the gears for a little longer, achieving a top performance with high acceleration. The shifting is smooth because the total battery power is delivered to the engine with no adverse effects.
The four major causes of engine damage include the following: hydro engine locking, reduced oil levels, pistons breaking and destroying the timing belts, and overheating of the engine. Using Eco Mode will not damage your engine, and it may help improve its performance depending on your driving.