According to one statistic, there are 1.25 million hybrid cars on the road worldwide as of 2016. Our maintenance crew has inspected countless hybrid cars. We can tell you from experience that the battery is the most common issue our clients ask us to address. Find out how a hybrid car battery works, why it’s a common issue, and what you can do about it.
The Hybrid Car Battery’s Role
Hybrid vehicles get their power from two sources: a run-of-the-mill gasoline engine and a nickel-metal-hydride (Ni-MH) electric battery. The latter powers the electric motor. When the car is in motion, the electric motor draws power from the battery. Therefore it needs to be recharged, either from the gasoline engine or from capturing energy through the braking system.
Common Issue with a Hybrid Battery
Everyone knows about the consequences of leaving the headlights on when switching off the engine: it drains the battery. In a hybrid car, it’s not just the headlights. Other components like the interior lights also drain power. Always double check that all electric features are switched off before exiting the vehicle.
A typical hybrid battery can usually last upwards of 150,000 miles, or 10 years. However, many car owners have come to us needing a replacement well before hitting that the high end of that range.
Hybrid Battery Maintenance
Hybrid batteries for the most part are virtually maintenance-free. Some hybrid models, however, like the now-discontinued Ford Escape Hybrid, have an air filter on the battery system that needs to be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles.
Hybrid cars should also not be towed if it can be helped. When the car is flat-towed by a tow strap, the motion of the car can generate electricity that may overheat the electric motor and fry the battery.
We’ll Take a Look at Your Hybrid
Bring your hybrid to Chuck’s Auto Repair; we will check the car’s electrical system and other components to ensure everything is in order. We’ll also keep your hybrid car battery healthy and replace it if need be.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Complete Hybrid Battery Inspection and Replacement
Serving motorists of the greater Seattle area.