There are many reasons you might choose to drive a hybrid car over a conventional gas-powered one. It will help you save money on gas and reduce your environmental footprint. But there are certainly some downsides to consider before becoming the owner of a hybrid vehicle. One is that the hybrid battery won’t last forever. As with any vehicle, everyday wear and tear will ultimately take its toll, but it’s worth noting that hybrid batteries tend to be quite pricey when compared to others.
The Lifespan of Your Hybrid Battery
So when do you need to worry about replacing the battery in your hybrid? There’s not necessarily only one answer because all hybrids work differently.
As a general rule of thumb, you can anticipate your hybrid battery will last for at least 100,000 miles, and in some cases as many as 150,000. For those concerned about their hybrid battery life, it’s worth taking a few simple steps to extend that battery’s life and ensure you’re getting the most bang for your hybrid buck.
Extending the Life of Your Hybrid Battery
As you seek to maximize the lifespan of your hybrid battery, here are some tips to keep in mind.
- Don’t let your car sit, un-driven, for long periods of time. You generate kinetic energy when the car is in use, which powers the battery and extends its life. If you go months without driving the car, don’t be surprised when the battery peters out early.
- When possible, coast to a stop. Coasting generates some of that kinetic energy, charging your battery as the vehicle comes to a stop. This requires heightened awareness of other vehicles on the road, but can be a good way to put extra juice into your battery.
- Avoid “jack rabbit” starts. As you stop at stop signs and intersections, use a light tap on the accelerator to get the car moving again—a good way to keep it in all-electric mode and give the gas engine a break, also extending your battery life.
Get More Out of Your Hybrid
If you ever do have doubts or concerns about your hybrid battery, of course, you can always take it to a technician. That’s the best way to affirm that you’re treating your battery right—and getting the most mileage possible out of your hybrid vehicle.