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I noticed that the charge indicator is never showing "full"
Is this normal? It never seems to get past that 3/4 mark.
 

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what does it tell you in your owners manual with regards the charging situation.
 

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I noticed that the charge indicator is never showing "full"
Is this normal? It never seems to get past that 3/4 mark.
Normal. Got mine up to 7/8 with engine compression charging down a long hill.

It runs normally from 1/2 - 3/4.
 

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I've seen about the same results that njerald has.

In researching everything I could find about the Niro before I bought mine at the end of December, I saw a discussion on this subject in another forum. It included a quote from someone at KIA who said, in effect, that the normal maximum charge is 75% because it extends the overall lifetime of the battery.

I had a Ford C-Max with 120,000 miles + that I traded in for the Niro. I haven't experienced any noticeable difference in charge cycling other than the C-Max would reach 100%. Who knows whether or not the C-Max was really hitting 100% or whether the indicator was just programmed to show 100% when, in reality, it was less than that.

All I really know is that the Niro gets better mileage (~ 5 MPG). That's based upon logging each fill-up and odometer readings - not what the car computer says. The C-Max calculations were always 2 to 4 MPG optimistic. I haven't done a comparison on the Niro yet.
 
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