30 Mar '13, 2pm

A perennially popular piece with more & more hybrids getting older : Toyota Hybrid Battery Replacement Cost Guide

A perennially popular piece with more & more hybrids getting older : Toyota Hybrid Battery Replacement Cost Guide

Do the replacement batteries use the same battery technology from went vehicle was designed, or do manufacture offer upgrades to offering newer battery chemistry? Early hybrid/electrics used older NiMH (nickel-metal-hydride) chemistry before moving to useing lithium-ion cells. Even the chemistry of lithium-ion cells has been enhanced over the past five years. These changes have added to battery efficiency & at same time reduced costs. Is the manufacture warranty on replacement batteries similar to the warranty offered on new batteries? My concern is more on larger capacity in an EV (electric vechicle) vs. the lower capacity batteries used in a hybrid; and the effect on resale value as the vechicle ages.

Full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078138_toyota-hybrid...

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