In the last century, cars that ran on gasoline or diesel became the dominant mode of transportation in the world. But, over time, the measures taken to protect the environment became stricter and forced manufacturers to reduce emissions. This is how hybrid cars were born. They work on the basis of hybrid car batteries, which we will talk about today.
A hybrid car battery is like any other battery except that it is rechargeable and has enough power to move a large heavy vehicle down the road for a few meters or a few miles.
How much does a hybrid car battery cost?
Depending on the make and model of your car and whether you choose a brand-new or a refurbished battery, you should be prepared to spend anywhere between $1,100 and $8,500 for a battery for your hybrid vehicle. For example, the price of a hybrid battery for a Ford Escape is around $8,800, while for a hybrid battery for a Toyota Prius, you will have to get out of your pocket almost $4,000.
If the replacement of any type of battery is not frequent among car owners, for those who own a hybrid car it represents a great part of the costs.
The cost of replacing a hybrid battery is higher than replacing a traditional car battery, due to the technology that the first ones have. This is great because with the proper maintenance, these batteries can last up to 150,000 miles and some hybrid producers offer an up to ten-year warranty for their products.
How much does it cost a used hybrid car battery?
If you are on a tight budget and can’t afford a brand-new battery for your hybrid vehicle, you can buy a used battery. Sometimes you can save thousands of dollars by going on this route. Depending on the model you are looking for, you will have to pay anywhere between $550 and $3,700 for a used hybrid battery.
The cost of rebuilding a hybrid battery would be around $5,100.
Installation of a hybrid car battery
No matter what type of battery you purchase, you will have to support the labor costs for removing the old battery and installing the new one, which needs special training. This work is not cheap, and similar to the price of the battery, the total labor cost will depend on the make and model of your vehicle.
Batteries are considered long-lasting on hybrid cars and are often placed in hard-to-reach places, so it takes several hours to remove them. Often at the same time, this requires removing the upholstered elements of the trunk or around the seat and unscrewing all the brackets and covers. Next, you need to remove the cooling system and cells, which can weigh several tens of kilograms.
It will take one to three hours to replace the battery for some more popular hybrid vehicles, while for a more complicated vehicle, it will take more than six hours of labor. The labor may add a few hundred dollars or more to the overall cost of hybrid battery replacement, depending on the hourly rate.
Tips for saving money
When it comes to saving money on a hybrid battery, unfortunately, there are not so many options. But you can choose to buy a used, reconditioned, or rebuilt hybrid battery.
Reconditioned hybrid battery
This solution isn’t likely to last a very long term and works more like a Band-Aid rather than a long-term option. A reconditioned battery is an unusable battery restored to a usable condition.
The cost of a reconditioned hybrid battery also depends on the specific car you are driving. However, it will be less expensive than a new one, so you will save thousands of dollars.
Rebuilt hybrid battery
Rebuilt hybrid batteries are not as performant as new hybrid batteries and don’t come with warranties every time. But they can save you a few hundreds of dollars, maybe even thousands.
The model of the battery and the place you buy it from will affect the price of a rebuilt hybrid battery.
Important things to consider
The warranty of the hybrid battery can be lost in various situations of improper operation, such as charging outside the parameters mentioned by the manufacturer or service interventions not authorized by the car brand. Running out of warranty much sooner than expected can be a big concern on the mind of any electric or hybrid vehicle owner.
Hybrid batteries are a pack of individual cells, separated by a polymer film to prevent the battery from short-circuiting. A standard battery is a single case containing either 6 or 12 cells.
The hybrid vehicle is much more efficient when it comes to fuel consumption, thanks in large part to its battery. Although all hybrids contain a lead-acid battery in addition to a NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) battery, they use less fuel because of the NiMh battery.
Too much temperature gradually destroys the cells in the hybrid system. Before starting to use the hybrid on a daily basis, it is worth familiarizing yourself with the locations of the ventilation systems. If we cover them with luggage, for example, the batteries will overheat. Similar consequences will occur if we do not control the purity of the filter or the operation of the fan.