If you’ve decided to make the big investment of purchasing a hybrid car, you’re probably pretty excited with your decision — but it’s also a lot of new stuff that you have to learn and get used to! Specifically, you have to figure out exactly what’s going on with the hybrid batteries that these vehicles need — so here are a few of the most essential points you should know about hybrid car batteries:
- Each individual hybrid car battery has a different length of time that it will last, and it also depends on how often you use your car, as well as environmental factors like the weather and humidity.. In general, many hybrid car batteries have a 10-year, 150,000-mile warranty (or something along those lines); your vehicle’s manufacturer will have this information available.
- You’ll know when it’s time to look for a hybrid battery replacement because of two things: the engine will run more often than usual, and your gas savings will drop considerably.
- The batteries used in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles seem to be changing constantly, but there are two main versions of the standard hybrid car battery: either lithium-ion batteries or nickel-metal hydride batteries. Most newer hybrid and electric cars use the lithium-ion batteries.
- The cost of a hybrid car battery replacement can vary quite a bit, depending on which battery you’re purchasing and which vehicle you have. In general, the average hybrid battery replacement costs anywhere from $1,000 to more than $6,000. It seems like a lot of money now, but it pays off the long run!