Feb
24

How Long are Hybrid Car Batteries Supposed to Last?

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Honda civic hybrid battery life, Hybrid battery cost, Hybrid battery replacement

Honda civic hybrid battery life

In 2012, consumers in America purchased an estimated 2,180,000 hybrid automobiles. And of those 2.1 million, a whopping 209,216 were Honda Civic models, according to Statistic Brain. That’s a lot of hybrid technology.

It’s this technology that drivers have long been enamored with when it comes to hybrid cars, especially because of their increased fuel economy. While a normal automobile would likely get around 30 miles per gallon of gasoline (or much less), hybrid fuel economy tends to rack up an impressive 50 — decreasing harmful emissions by about 25% in the process. Hybrid vehicles are indeed less harmful to the environment, and that’s become one of their strongest selling points.

But despite their calculations regarding m.p.g. and fuel emissions, one thing drivers don’t typically take into account when it comes to hybrid cars are their batteries. Indeed, batteries in hybrid cars often don’t run nearly as long as their warranties would suggest. Some research has even indicated that the average lifespan of a hybrid battery can be as low as six years, though the majority of cases seem to suggest they’re good for up to eight. Still, a car is a long-term investment, but if its battery is bound to go belly up after not even a decade, that could pose a serious problem for potential hybrid owners.

However, it might not be a universal problem. Bradley Berman, who founded the news website HybridCars.com, told Christian Science Monitor in 2012, “What appears to be some sort of failure in Honda Civics has not been reported in the other models.” That means other hybrid batteries in models like the Toyota Prius haven’t had any problems whatsoever with their performance over time.

So, what does this mean for the average hybrid owner? One thing it shouldn’t mean is panic.

While dealership replacement batteries in hybrid cars can be incredibly costly, there are a number of third-party replacement companies that sell the parts for much, much less. Need numerical proof? Let’s take a Honda Civic for example. If you tried replacing the battery at face value, you could spend up to $4,200 if not more. Specialty replacement companies, on the other hand, could chop that price down to a mere $1,300 (or potentially even lower).

How can you stay on top of your battery’s lifespan? Get proactive. Keep an eye on your battery and take note of any signs of decreased performance. Your future self will thank you.

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