Owners of popular hybrids who have seen reduced battery performance or warning lights on the vehicle’s dashboard have worthwhile alternatives that don’t involve sending the car to the junkyard. Replacing hybrid’s battery not as costly as you think. For Toyota Prius battery pack that fits 2001-2003 cars, Greentec Auto charges $850 and $950 for the second generation Prius (2004-2010).
Sacramento Police Department is warning Prius drivers to be aware of battery theft. Three Priuses had batteries stolen in downtown Sacramento over the past two weeks.
Police are warning drivers that thieves are targeting hybrid cars to steal the batteries right out of the back of the vehicles
How Long Will Hybrid Car Batteries Last? If you old an older Prius, you might be nearing the end of its battery’s useful life. Several factors influence when that happens—battery chemistry, the number of charge and discharge cycles, temperature extremes, even humidity.
Jump-starting or refueling a conventional car that’s out of gas or electric power is pretty straightforward. But what happens when you run out of fuel or have a dead battery in a Toyota Prius or other hybrid car?
Hybrid vehicles are better, greener choice over passenger cars because of the smaller carbon footprint and greatly improved fuel efficiency.
Prius became the No.1 selling car or light truck in California last year, topping perennial winners like the Toyota Camry and Ford F-150 pickup. Toyota’s iconic gas-electric vehicle jumped to the top spot from No. 4 in 2011, a surge fueled in part by the introduction of three new Prius models.