Most hybrid automobile makers claim that their hybrid batteries will last over 10 years or more! And, it has been our experience that hybrid car batteries do! In fact, batteries seem to last longer the more you use them. Right here in Denver Colorado, there are many taxi companies and Uber drivers that use hybrids for their transportation services and we have seen hybrid cars go well over 150,000 miles on the original batteries!
Service your hybrid battery at Stapleton MotorsSo battery life shouldn’t be an issue, unless you are looking at a used hybrid car with close to 100,000 miles on the odometer, or expect to keep the car for many, many years.
If a battery replacement does become necessary, the costs aren’t horrible. They’re certainly nothing like the $10,000-$20,000 cost of replacing the battery in a pure electric car. Most manufacturers sell a complete replacement battery under $2500. But don’t fret! Most batteries are made of individual cells that can be replaced for a fraction of the cost! For example: Toyota’s Prius battery has 36 individual cells that make the complete unit. If one cell goes bad, you don’t have to replace the entire battery unit, just the cell. A cell will cost about $75 to replace. Each individual cell can be tested and the problem can be narrowed down quite easily.
There are several aftermarket companies, including Denver’s Mile Hybrid Automotive and Re-Involt Techologies of North Carolina, that sell hybrid replacement batteries for less than factory prices.
Whether ordering from the automaker or an independent, the final cost of a battery pack replacement will include shipping and installation, which can add $1,000 or more to the total.
If you are really adventurous, there also are numerous hybrid batteries available in automotive salvage yards, recovered from cars that were totaled in collisions. Make sure to check for fluid leaks, torn coverings, dents or other signs of damage, though, before writing a check for one.