How to Extend the Life of the Hybrid Battery

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

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Hybrid cars are popular. In 2012, approximately 2,180,000 were sold in the United States. There is a good reason for their popularity. The initial cost to buy one is higher than that of a traditional car but owners will make that money back in fuel savings over the lifespan of the vehicle. Most owners also feel good about driving something that has a smaller carbon footprint. Electric batteries for cars will not last as long as the vehicle itself so all hybrid owners will most likely eed to replace theirs during the time they own it. There are ways to extend the life of the hybrid battery.

  1. Do not charge fully every time. People often charge their hybrid batteries to their maximum capacity and then run until it is completely drained. Electric batteries for cars get overused this way. Most drivers do this to get the most time from each charge but this practice is extremely detrimental to hybrid car batteries. Experts say that the best thing to do is charge the battery to 80% rather than 100%. Making this simple change will extend the life of the battery.
  2. Try not to drain the battery completely. This has a similar impact on the lifespan of electric batteries for cars. They simply do not like being either totally full or totally empty. Batteries in hybrid cars prefer to be somewhere in the middle. The best place to stop and recharge the car is when it gets to two bars. This reduces the wear and tear on the battery and increases the time before you need a hybrid battery replacement.
  3. Consider getting a timer. Some people charge their cars at night, which makes sense for a number of reasons. By charging electric batteries for cars at night, it is ready in the morning for whatever you have planned for the day. The only problem is you will always end up charging your battery to 100%. One way to avoid that is with a timer. Then you can better control how full the battery is allowed to get and when the charging will occur.
  4. Be mindful of the weather. Try to park in a cooler spot during the summer (like in the shade) and a warmer spot in the winter (a garage, if possible). The thermal management system that keeps electric batteries for cars happy uses a lot of energy and that causes more wear and tear on the battery. If you can reduce the amount of time it is active, you reduce that extra stress on the battery and put off the need for a hybrid car battery replacement.
  5. Limit your usage of the DC quick charge feature. Many hybrid cars have a quick charge feature, which can be great if you have an emergency and need to get somewhere but your battery is not charged enough. Each time you use this feature, it reduces the lifespan of the battery. The whole process puts extra strain on the battery that may not seem like a lot but over time, it has a real impact.

Replacing a hybrid battery can cost between $3,000 and $4,000 so extending its life is something worth doing.

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