Gas-electric hybrid vehicles have gone from the drawing board to the open road in just a few short years. More and more consumers are trusting hybrid vehicles to get them to their destination safely. However, there are still many consumers asking questions about hybrids.
- How long will a hybrid battery last?
- How expensive are hybrid repairs?
Hybrids use electric motors that are powered by battery packs, and everyone knows batteries don’t last forever. Think about laptop batteries, or cell phone batteries. After a couple years you’ll need a replacement. Could the battery packs in hybrid cars really be that different? “Yes!” Based on available evidence, hybrid drivers should enjoy many years of trouble-free motoring from their complex power systems.
Here are a few facts about the hybrid battery:
Hybrid vehicles have been manufactured with safeguards that limit both the maximum and minimum charge levels of the battery pack. This ensures that the car battery will keep working without prematurely losing its effectiveness, no matter how you treat your car. The industry reports that the number of car battery replacements is extremely low.
Most gas/electric hybrid vehicles on the road today use nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery packs. They are less toxic inside than traditional lead-acid batteries making them environmentally friendly, they are more space-efficient than traditional lead-acid batteries, and they are much cheaper than lithium-ion batteries. NiMH battery packs are designed and built to last the life of the vehicle, thus hybrid drivers should enjoy many years of trouble-free driving.
Because hybrid vehicles have become so popular over the past few years, more and more auto shops are becoming certified to perform hybrid repairs. Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Dependable Car Care for more information about hybrid repairs and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Ventura, CA, and the surrounding area.