How Much Does A Hybrid Car Battery
While most hybrid battery packs are actually made up of
a number of individual cells, generally the whole pack
must be replaced if there is a problem. Replacement battery
packs for hybrid cars run in the several thousand dollar
range including labor.
Most estimates I’ve heard are near the $2000-$3000
range, although I've seen more. (See below.) Avoiding
heavy draining of the battery seems to be one of the main
ways to keep the battery healthy. Different hybrids use
different methods to help prevent overcharging, but battery
management is controlled mainly by the car’s computers.
The early manual transmission Insights are the only cars
that I have read about that have experienced failure of
the battery packs.
For those that experience battery failure within the warranty
period, manufacturers are standing behind their product
and providing replacement units.
In some cases Honda has even provided additional "goodwill
coverage" for at least a portion of the bill for hybrid
battery replacement even after the warranty has expired.
Although normally, if there is a battery failure after
the warranty is expired, consumers should plan to cover
the bill themselves. To purchase a brand new hybrid battery
from a dealer, the price for a Honda Insight Hybrid battery
is around $3600.
In November of 2005, when asked about the price of a new
Prius battery, Toyota spokeswoman Mona Richard said, "The
service parts price for a new battery is $3000, but we
have not had to sell a battery yet."
As one would expect, there are starting to be sources
for used hybrid batteries which can be purchased for considerably