Hybrid cars are truly a marvel of modern engineering. They provide a safe and comfortable way to get around town that also saves you a good deal of money on fuel AND are better for the environment, releasing fewer harmful emissions into the air. Because of this, things under the hood operate pretty differently and there are different parts and processes present. Toyota of N Charlotte is here to explain one of the most important parts under the hood of a hybrid vehicle – the car battery.
What does a hybrid car battery do?
A hybrid car battery is somewhat similar to the car battery you’d find in a gasoline-powered vehicle, but it plays a much bigger role in performance. In a N Charlotte Toyota hybrid, it’s job is to hold charge – or power – for the electric motor, so the motor can swap off with the gasoline engine in powering the car whenever possible. This is how these cars cut down on fuel use and emissions.
However, if they play such a big role, how long can they possibly last? They must wear out at some point, right? Correct – but not as quickly as you’d think. While hybrid car batteries used to need to be replaced at around 100,000 miles – which is still a very long time to go on one battery – new technology has extended that time frame to more like 200,000+ miles. (But don’t forget, this depends on routine car maintenance from you and taking care of your vehicle.)
But if they play such an important role, don’t they cost a fortune to replace? Not really. Hybrid car batteries can be more expensive than your typical car battery – they usually run between $1,000 – $5,000, depending on the make and model of your car. (They used to cost around $10,000 to replace, so this is a vast improvement.) But when you factor in the fact that they last 200,000+ miles and also save you a ton of money on fuel, it makes it all even out.
Did you know that there are actually three types of hybrid car batteries? Our N Charlotte Toyota service techs explain them below:
- Nickel metal hydride batteries are the car batteries that you’ll find under the hood of cars like the N Charlotte Toyota Prius. They’re affordable to make, hold power well, and have a good amount of longevity.
- Lithium ion batteries, on the other hand, are more expensive to produce but have a great capability to hold charge. They’re also commonly found in laptops, smartphones, and tablets. However, they do tend to lose the ability to hold charge as they age.
- Lead acid batteries are the least prone to failure, but they don’t have much of a capacity when it comes to holding power. In fact, if you were to put one of these batteries in a hybrid car, the car would only be able to travel around 10 miles before the battery needed to be recharged.
Get all of your hybrid questions answered at Toyota of N Charlotte
Whether you have questions about your car battery or want to shop our N Charlotte Toyota hybrids, we’ve got you covered! Call us today at (704) 875-9199 or stop by 13429 Statesville Road, just off I-77 at exit 23.