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Understanding Total Power gauge in gas mode

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The gas engine generates maximum 53KW. When the battery is completely depleted (no electric range left) and the car demands access of 53KW then where does that additional power come from ? If it comes from the battery then why not power the car from the battery itself ? What am I missing ?

In the attached pictures you can see that the car is consuming 115KW and if the engine tops out at 53KW where does the extra 62KW come from ? If the battery is capable of providing that much power then why is the electric range 0, why doesn't it use the battery power until the battery can really no longer provide any power ?
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The battery is limited to 20-80% charge. 20% is 0 on the battery gauge and 80% is full on the gauge. This enable the battery to last the life of the car. Damage to the battery chemistry occurs outside these limits. Since we carry the engine, range anxiety is not an issue.

Now if you run out of battery and then run out of gas, the car will give you back the battery for a few miles then shut off.

Another cool feature is bumper to bumper traffic using the engine. The engine will cycle on, run for a few minutes to charge a couple miles of range, then shut off. I got 66 mpg while in stop and go traffic. Really smart car!
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