18 January 2021

Electric and Hybrid Dashboard Symbols

With more and more folks switching to electric and hybrid vehicles nowadays, here at Leasing Options we thought it would be a good opportunity to test out your electric and hybrid car knowledge by challenging you to a dashboard warning light quiz!

In this quiz you’ll only find warning lights that’ll pop up on these types of cars, rather than on conventional petrol and diesel ones. If you are thinking of leasing or buying a new electric or hybrid car, it’s important that you know these warning lights in case one illuminates on your dashboard while on the road.

The quiz will not only tell you what the warning light is, but also what to do when one appears, so you know whether it’s a simple case of restarting the car or if you need to pull over and get the fault fixed immediately.

So, take the quiz and put your electric and hybrid knowledge to the test and once you’re done, why not share it with your friends to see who knows the most?

SPOILER – Answers Below – DO NOT READ Until You’ve Taken The Quiz!

These are the names and explanations of each warning light and what the driver should do if one appears.


Ready to Drive symbol

Name = Ready To Drive

Explanation = Electric cars don’t make as much noise when they start up as conventional cars. Instead, symbols illuminate to indicate to the driver that the car is ready to drive.

What To Do = If no symbol shows when trying to start your car, call your dealer.

Eco Mode Symbol

Name = Eco-Mode

Explanation = When a car is in Eco-Mode, the car adapts to act in a way that’ll get you as many miles as possible out of the battery charge available. While this isn’t anything to worry about, it is worth noting as acceleration and overall performance is reduced to ensure greater efficiency.

What To Do = Continue driving normally.

Limited Power Symbol

Name = Limited Power

Explanation = Don’t let this cute little tortoise symbol fool you, it actually indicates that your car potentially has quite a serious issue. Similar to the spanner symbol, this warning light could be caused by various faults that are hampering the car’s performance, such as extreme battery temperatures or other electrical issues. As a result, it’s best to head straight to an approved dealer to determine the issue and fix it.

What To Do = Take your car to an approved dealer.

Pedestrian Alert Symbol

Name = Pedestrian Alert

Explanation = As electric cars don’t make much noise, they come with an electronic sound that’s broadcast at slow speeds, giving pedestrians an audible warning to avoid collisions. If this indicator lights up at any other time, it means this feature is faulty.

What To Do = Take your car to an approved dealer.

Low Battery Light

Name = Low Battery

Explanation = An electric car will usually tell you that you need more charge once you have around 12% left and then again at 5%.

What To Do = Recharge the battery as soon as possible.

General Fault Symbol

Name = General Fault

Explanation = Electric cars are rather complex vehicles. Due to this, some manufacturers group a range of warnings under one warning light, such as this spanner symbol. Errors under this general warning may include faults with the traction system, pedal sensors and the charging system.

What To Do = Follow display screen instructions.

General Electrical Fault Symbol

Name = General Electrical Fault

Explanation = This symbol indicates an issue with the car’s electrical system. This could involve various errors such as with the motors, wiring or batteries. This symbol could appear in amber or red depending on how severe the fault is.

What To Do = Take your car to be inspected by an approved dealer/recovery service.


EV Operation Indicator Symbol

Name = EV Operation Indicator

Explanation = Illuminates when driving in a hybrid and you’re running in electric-only mode.

What To Do = Continue driving normally.

E Mode unavailable

Name = E-Mode

Explanation = This symbol indicates that the electric driving mode is temporarily unavailable. This happens when hybrid cars are driven more aggressively, and electric power can’t recharge fast enough.

What To Do = Continue driving at lower speeds and wait for electric power to be restored.

Auto-Glide Control Indicator Symbol

Name = Auto-Glide Control Indicator

Explanation = This feature reduces deceleration force, allowing the vehicle to coast, enhancing fuel economy.

What To Do = Continue driving normally.

Battery Charge Level Symbol

Name = Battery Charge Level

Explanation = In hybrid vehicles, this symbol indicates that the battery is nearly empty and will need charging soon otherwise your car will only be powered by petrol until the charge is restored.

What To Do = The battery needs charging soon or power will run out.

 Battery Temperature Warning Symbol

Name = Battery Temperature Warning

Explanation = While also appearing on conventional cars, on a hybrid or electric powered cars a battery symbol (rather than an engine) will illuminate if the traction battery temperature is too high, or that the engine is too hot.

What To Do = Stop/pull over immediately.

Pedestrian Warning Symbol

Name = Pedestrian Warning

Explanation = The pedestrian warning system helps to prevent accidents occurring and alerts the driver of imminent danger of a collision. If no action is taken by the driver, automatic braking will kick in.

What To Do = Brake immediately.


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