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How to Extend the Life of Your Hybrid Battery

Driving a hybrid car comes with many advantages. It’s environmentally friendly, depends quite a bit less on fossil fuels and often has a higher resale value. Additionally, hybrid batteries generally last longer than a typical car battery. How long do hybrid batteries last? Let’s have a look.

What the Car Manufacturers Tell Us

Not every hybrid car manufacturer has a distinct number on how long hybrid batteries will last, though some have given estimates. For example, Toyota suggests their batteries will last as long as the hybrid vehicle itself. Their tests have shown a battery lasting for 180,000 miles. Honda proposes under regular driving conditions, their batteries will last 10 years at a minimum. Both brands provide a warranty for their batteries of eight years or 80,000 minimum miles. Ford offers this same warranty.

While Toyota and Honda have some pretty solid estimates, it’s important to keep in mind that driving conditions, engine temperature, mileage, make, model and other factors play a role in how long your hybrid battery will last. It could be five years, it could be ten.

How You Can Preserve Battery Life

There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to preserve the life of your hybrid battery for an extended period of time, but it never hurts to take preventative measures to maximize battery life. The following are some tips to do just that.

  •  Start slowly – Slamming your foot on the accelerator might get you out of the gate more quickly, but it could also wear the battery out just as quick. After stopping at a light or stop sign, lightly tap the accelerator to get going again and move ahead at a steady increase of speed.
  •  Stop slowly – Again, slamming your foot on the break is not a great option. Instead, let the vehicle coast to a stop. This creates kinetic energy that will give the battery a little boost in the form of a charge.
  •  Go on a drive – When hybrid vehicles are not driven for a long amount of time, the battery doesn’t get that kinetic energy it needs to stay charged. Slowly, it will begin to die. If you don’t need to use the car, find a need. Take it for a leisurely drive, use it for errands once or twice a week or plan a road trip.
  •  Keep up on maintenance – With all machines, when one component is out of whack, the other components have to work harder to keep the machine running. The same is true for a hybrid car. When you keep it maintained, complete repairs on time and care for it the way you should, the battery doesn’t have to work harder to keep the vehicle running.

What You Can Expect

As was mentioned before, there’s no guarantee your hybrid battery will last for a certain amount of time, but there are some things you can do to preserve the battery life. If you always remember to start and stop slowly, take your car for a spin more often than not, and keep up on the maintenance items it requires, you can expect your battery to last for quite a while. Before purchasing a hybrid vehicle or a battery for it, double check the warranty. If the battery doesn’t last for as long as you thought it should, you can take advantage of the warranty.

Keeping Your Hybrid Vehicle Serviced

For more information about hybrid cars and batteries, or to have your vehicle serviced, contact us today. We look forward to assisting you in preserving the life of your battery and your car with our knowledgeable, quality service.

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