The hybrid system has 8 years/100,000miles warranty In the US and this includes hybrid batteries.
The hybrid battery of the Prius 2004-2009 has a warranty of 10years/150,000 miles only in the California-emission state because it is covered under the CA emissions. Recently I heard the 2010 Prius will have a longer warranty.
It is a full warranty i.e. no cost for parts or labor.
Your Toyota dealer should offer you a $200 rebate for your battery should you want to replace the battery out of warranty. This is so that the battery gets recycled properly.
The price of the new Prius battery recently dropped from $2985 to $2299 for a 2001-2003 model and $2588 for the 2004 to date model of the NHW20. You can also get Used Prius hybrid battery packs from sports vehicles at the price of 1000 on eBay. It is usually advised to change the whole unit instead of changing it cell by cell and this can be done by Toyota dealers.
The charge for labor varies from place to place.
No one really knows the average lifespan of the battery because not much battery has been failing so it is difficult to tell how long the batteries last. It is rare to see a US Prius with batteries issues even after 9 years of hitting the market with over 200,000 miles covered.
How long does the Prius battery last and what does the replacement cost?
The Prius battery has been designed to make battery live to its maximum ability. And this can be achieved by keeping the battery at a charged. Do not drain the battery fully and also do not use without fully recharging it. This makes the Prius battery to live an easy life.
Our lab data show an estimate of 180,000 miles with no deterioration and it is expected to make the vehicle last. We are improving our battery technology: the second-generation model battery is smaller by 15%, lighter by 25%, and has the power is 35% more than the first. This also influences the price as well. The price of the 2003 and 2004 models, service battery dropped by 36% and is expected to keep dropping so that replacement will not be a problem when needed. No Toyota battery has been replaced for wear and tear since 2000 when it hit the market.
Does the nickel-metal hydride battery have any recycling plan in place?
Toyota has been recycling nickel-metal hydride batteries in their recycling program since the introduction of the RAV4 Electric Vehicle in 1998. From the precious metals to the plates, plastic, steel case and the wiring, is recycled. Phone numbers to call are on the batteries for recycling information and the dealers are being rewarded $200 for each battery this is done to ensure that all batteries return to Toyota.
However, the Prius’ 12v accessory battery can be used to power lights, fans, alarm, radio etc. and also computers. The golf cart batteries 12v cannot be used to start a car because it drains easier. A 12v battery can be drained by just leaving your headlights on overnight or you did not drive your car for two weeks. You will eventually need to replace it if not properly used or repeatedly drained. To replace it you will definitely need a dealer because of the AGM style, odd post, small physical size, with $150 – $300 (if you need an adapter).
There are lots of false information on the hybrid vehicle batteries and vehicle production, thanks to a mistake done by marketing paper by a poo and CNW