In the second of the hybrid myth series we will dispel a couple of more myths today.
The batteries of the hybrids require frequent replacement
The hybrid technology is designed to keep the batteries charged in the range of 35% – 85%. This ensures that the battery sustains itself through the life time of the vehicle. Eventually the batteries, of course need to be replaced. Honda categorically states that their batteries are designed to last a decade! Even the Toyota Prius comes with a 8 year/ 100,000 miles warranty on all hybrid components including the battery. Industry observers and experts put the life of batteries in hybrid cars at 150,000 to 200,000 miles before the call for replacement has to be made. Well, that’s a long, long way to go.
Cold climates make the hybrids sweat
Hybrid cars can be driven at any point of time irrespective of the climatic conditions. The cars can safely be operated at 20 degrees below Fahrenheit. The batteries of the hybrid can sustain in 140 degrees Fahrenheit also. They don’t get too hot because of the internal air cooling system that they operate within.
In the long term the hybrids are not good because of the dead hazardous batteries
This is one of the most commonly held myths. As I said the batteries of the hybrid vehicles are designed to last a decade at the end of which they would need to be replaced. These are NiMH batteries which are 100% recyclable. And as a matter of fact some companies like Toyota shell out 200 USD if you bring a battery to them for recycling.