If you own a hybrid car, then you know things just work differently under the hood. While it may feel somewhat similar to driving a traditionally powered vehicle, what goes on under the hood is vastly different and includes different parts and processes altogether. Today, Toyota of N Charlotte is here to discuss one of the most important parts -the hybrid car battery.
What does this type of car battery do?
In a gasoline-powered car, the battery plays a critical role in getting the car started every time you turn your key in the ignition. However, in a Toyota hybrid car its role is a bit different. It’s also responsible for holding charge for the electric motor, which swaps off with the gasoline engine to ensure improved fuel efficiency and fewer harmful emissions.
Here are a few more things you should know about your hybrid car battery:
- They last a lot longer than you’d think. Your hybrid car battery is critical to performance and for that reason, you want it to last as long as possible without any issues. Good news - these car batteries have quite the lifespan. They used to only last around 100,000 miles (which is a LONG time when you compare it to a traditional battery) but with technological developments, can now last upwards of 200,000 miles with ease. But remember, longevity depends on routine car maintenance and taking care of your car battery like a responsible owner.
- They’re a bit pricier to replace. Hybrid car batteries do cost more to replace than a traditional battery - typically, it can run anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. This seems super expensive, we know. But consider that you likely won’t have to replace it until after the 200,000 mile mark AND that it’s saving you a ton of money on fuel, and you’ll probably still be able to see the benefits of driving this type of car.
There are different types of car batteries when it comes to hybrids - three, to be exact. Here’s the breakdown:
- Lithium ion batteries are the most common batteries, generally speaking. They hold a large amount of power and last a long time, so they’re not just found in hybrid cars but also in things like laptops and smart phones. However, they’re more expensive to make and they also tend to lose their ability to hold power as they age.
- Nickel metal hydride batteries are what you’ll find in N Charlotte Toyota hybrids like the Prius. These car batteries are also great at holding power and are a little less expensive to produce than lithium ion batteries.
- Lead acid batteries are the least commonly used energy sources across the board, and they’re not typically used in hybrid cars. They have limited charging capacities; if you were to put one in a hybrid car, the car would only be able to go around 10 miles before you’d need to recharge the battery.
See hybrid cars in person at Toyota of N Charlotte
Have more questions about these car batteries or want to get behind the wheel of one of our N Charlotte Toyota hybrids yourself? Call us today! We’re open seven days a week at (704) 875-9199.
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