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Starting the vehicle


Do not start the vehicle with the accelerator pedal depressed. The vehicle can move and lead to an accident.

  • The vehicle will start by pressing the EV button, only when the smart key is in the vehicle.

  • Even when the smart key is in the vehicle, if it is far away from the driver, the vehicle may not start.

  • When the EV button is in the ACC or ON position, and any door is open, the system checks for the smart key. When the smart key is not in the vehicle, the READY indicator will blink and Key not in vehicle message will come on. When all doors are closed, the chime will also sound for about 5 seconds. Keep the smart key in the vehicle when in the ACC position or if the vehicle is ON.

  1. Always carry the smart key with you.

  2. Make sure the parking brake is applied.

  3. Make sure the shifter dial is in P (Park).

  4. Depress the brake pedal.

  5. Press the EV button. If the vehicle starts, the READY indicator will come on.

  • Always start the vehicle with your foot on the brake pedal. Do not depress the accelerator while starting the vehicle.

  • If ambient temperature is low, the READY indicator may remain illuminated longer than the normal amount of time.


To prevent damage to the vehicle:

  • If the READY indicator turns off while you are in motion, do not attempt to move the shifter dial to the P (Park) position.

    If traffic and road conditions permit, you may put the shifter dial in the N (Neutral) position while the vehicle is still moving and press the EV button in an attempt to restart the vehicle.

  • Do not push or tow your vehicle to start the vehicle.


Unintended Vehicle Movement

Never leave the smart key in the vehicle with children or vehicle occupants who are unfamiliar with the vehicle operation. Pushing the EV button while the smart key is in the vehicle may result in unintended vehicle activation and/or unintended vehicle movement.

If the battery is weak or the smart key does not work correctly, you can start the vehicle by pressing the EV button with the smart key.

The side with the lock button should contact the EV button directly.

When you press the EV button directly with the smart key, the smart key should contact the button at a right angle.

When the stop lamp fuse is blown, you can't start the vehicle normally. Replace the fuse with a new one. If it is not possible, you can start the vehicle by pressing the EV button for 10 seconds while it is in the ACC position. The vehicle can start without depressing the brake pedal. But for your safety always depress the brake pedal before starting the vehicle.

Do not press the EV button for more than 10 seconds except when the stop lamp fuse is blown.