DCT Concern Regarding CREEPING in a Niro
I've read many horror stories about people "burning up" Dual Clutch Automatic Transmissions by sitting on a slight grade and holding the vehicle from rolling back with the throttle INSTEAD of the brakes or from "Creeping Along" at very slow speeds such as in Stop & Go rush hour traffic. Effectively, it's like doing the same thing with a manual transmission by sitting there slipping the clutch, thus overheating it and burning up the clutch face. This of course is not an issue with a traditional automatic transmission which uses a fluid torque converter and can sit there all day slipping with no degradation.
So my question is this. When the Gas Engine is NOT running and the Electric Motor is providing the energy required to just Creep Along or hold position on a hill, is that Clutch in use and slipping the same as it would be with an ICE vehicle with a DCT transmission, OR is the Electric Motor providing slight torque DIRECTLY to the transmission without using the clutch? Since an electric motor provides maximum torque from a dead stop it would appear to me that the clutch would be unnecessary in such instances.
My mind would rest easier IF the latter were true. I'm not concerned about myself because I understand that a DCT is in fact a manual transmission, which just happens to shift automatically, and I will use the brakes as intended. However, my wife is, shall we say, non technically inclined so I'm hoping she doesn't burn up the clutches in the DCT unexpectedly.
Thanks to anyone who KNOWS for CERTAIN how creeping/hill holding is accomplished in the Niro. Clutch in use or not?