Hybrid vehicles have been gaining popularity since the turn of the century. They are fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly than traditional cars. This is because Hybrid cars don’t run solely on gasoline. They also utilize electricity as a power source, which conserves gasoline and reduces the amount of harmful emissions. On average, Hybrid cars produce 30% fewer harmful emissions than traditional vehicles, and are over 25% more fuel efficient. So although Hybrid cars initially cost on average 15-25% more than traditional cars, one can save quite a bit if in possession of a Hybrid vehicle for a long time from energy savings alone.
Hybrid Car Batteries.
Hybrid vehicles use special batteries that allow the vehicle to switch between gasoline and electricity. The batteries are regenerative, meaning that energy is recycled within the vehicle. For instance, when one uses the brakes, part of that energy is charged into the battery. As a result, the original battery in a Hybrid vehicle can last anywhere between six to ten years.
How long a Hybrid battery lasts of course depends on how often the car is used, and also the type of battery. Honda hybrid batteries, for instance, can still function properly and power parts of the car even with a very low charge. This can be problematic for the battery, and might result in the need for more repairs.
Despite their longevity, Hybrid batteries don’t last forever, and if one plans on keeping a Hybrid car for a while, it will be necessary to install a new battery in the car.
How to Replace a Hybrid Battery.
Hybrid battery replacement can be complicated and takes a bit of technical knowledge and skill. There are online tutorials and videos that go through the replacement process in detail, but one should always seek a professional if one has any doubts at all about how to go about a procedure like this.
Cost of Replacing Hybrid Battery.
On average, a new Hybrid car battery replacement will cost anywhere between $3,000 and $,4,000 in the United States. The overall cost will depend on several factors such as type and brand of battery (i.e. Honda Hybrid batteries vs. Toyota Prius batteries), the type and brand of hybrid car, and independent labor costs. The cost might seem high, but considering the fuel and energy savings, it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.