When some folks hear hybrid, their initial thought is likely expensive. For hybrid owners, you already understand the immense savings of owning a hybrid vehicle; and the environmental benefits of such. In this article, we will expand on the different types of hybrid batteries and savings you can expect, namely by further understanding the life expectancy of a hybrid battery and how to properly care for yours.
The Difference of a Hybrid Batteries
A hybrid vehicle is different due to its ability to be recharged. The “battery” is actually a battery pack which houses many individual cells. Each hybrid vehicle has a different battery pack, but they all work in a similar process where individual cells must be recharged regularly to ensure proper working order.
How Often To Replace Your Hybrid Battery
Depending on the model of Hybrid you own, batteries have been reported to last anywhere between 70,000 and 200,000 miles. Although some hybrid owners have noted their battery to last up to 10-15 years before failure occurs. Comparatively speaking, a non-Hybrid vehicle requires a new battery every 2-3 years (or every 40,000 miles). In non-Hybrid vehicles, 200,000 miles is the entire life of the vehicle. With either scenario, the battery is essential to a healthy and well-functioning vehicle. In addition, there are many hybrid makers that back the vehicle’s battery by a warranty (i.e. Honda has an 8 year/80,000 warranty on their hybrid battery pack). Some states also offer warranty through their PZEV (partial zero emissions vehicle) laws to hybrid owners up to 150,000 miles. So, what are some signs your hybrid vehicle may need a new battery?
- MPG Beings to Decline: One of the telltale signs your hybrid battery is failing is a higher gas consumption. This is due to the gas engine picking up more slack and your miles per gallon begins to decline.
- Reduced Performance: You’ll begin to notice your hybrid vehicle isn’t quite “gliding” like it used to and warning lights will begin to appear on your dash.
These two main signs, without other explanation, are signs it’s time to start looking at your options for battery replacement. The Hybrid Geek offers service for your Toyota, Honda, or Lexus hybrid vehicle.
Our comprehensive services are performed by highly skilled and well trained service technicians. We offer the best pricing on your hybrid battery replacement without sacrificing service. The Hybrid Geek also offers warranties of up to 5 years depending on your vehicle and battery replacement.
For more information on when and how to change your hybrid vehicle’s battery, contact us at (919) 996-0626. If you’re ready to save on your hybrid battery by scheduling an appointment with The Hybrid Geek, fill out our easy appointment request here.