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Here's my explanation.
I don't know why Toyota even puts this worthless feature on their hybrids. It hardly ever works as advertised, so much so that it's not even worth counting on it delivering on its promise. If the drive battery is not hundred percent, the temperatures are less than about 60, the gas motor is going to start up anyway.
I've had my battery under 50% before and was able to put it in EV Mode. I think there are a lot of variables that the computer takes into account to allow EV Mode. I've had pretty much identical situations where I was able to engage EV Mode (driving through a parking lot), but then sometimes it wont let me engage EV Mode. Would be nice if it would say why it can't engage EV Mode instead of "EV Mode unavailable" and making wonder why not.
 
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