How Long Do Hybrid Car Batteries Last?

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Hybrid car batteries tend to last for at least 80,000 to 100,000 miles, but many will last much longer. Additionally, many manufacturers will cover their hybrid car batteries for up to eight or ten years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Since these numbers represent the minimum expected thresholds, questions remain: How long do hybrid car batteries last in practice, and how can you maximize your hybrid car battery life? If a hybrid battery dies, can you still drive the car? Fear not, Chicago drivers. We’ve laid out everything you need to know.

Expected Hybrid Car Battery Lifespan

The fact that manufacturers offer transferable hybrid battery warranty coverage for up to eight or ten years should be taken as a clear signal that these batteries can be expected to last for at least this long. However, since how you drive and charge a hybrid vehicle can have an impact on its expected battery life, real-world hybrid car battery life may vary. Keep these points in mind:

  • If your hybrid battery expires before the warranty period ends, you may be eligible for replacement at low or no cost.
  • With proper care, most hybrid car batteries will not encounter any difficulties until they are more than ten years old. You might expect to replace your hybrid car battery at some point between 120,000 and 150,000 miles.
  • On the other hand, plenty of hybrid owners have batteries that have seen more than 200,000 miles.

Since the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV is making its way to Tinley Park and Joliet, you should know that most of what we’ve said about hybrid car batteries applies equally to the high-powered batteries in electric cars.

Causes of Hybrid Car Battery Life Reduction or Failure

If you’ve ever had a smartphone with a rechargeable battery—and who hasn’t?—you’ve probably noticed that its capacity to hold a charge has changed over the years. That’s because all batteries can only go through so many charging cycles before they are used up! The following factors can speed up the process of decay, leading to lower hybrid car battery life:

  • Failure to perform battery service & regular inspections
  • Poor electrical connections between cells or battery modules
  • Extreme high or low battery temperatures
  • Manufacturing differences between cells or problems within cells
  • Mechanical damage to the battery that may occur during non-certified service

How To Protect Your Hybrid Vehicle’s Battery Pack

Working on a standard car battery can be hazardous, and working on an even more powerful hybrid car battery can be that much moreso. Schedule service if you notice that a battery warning light has appeared on your dashboard, or if any of the following issues occur:

  • Abnormal charging times or speeds
  • Abnormal battery temperatures
  • Wildly fluctuating range estimates

If a Hybrid Battery Dies, Can You Still Drive the Car?

Most hybrid cars have two batteries: a standard battery, much like that which you would find in any gasoline-powered vehicle, and a hybrid battery, which is capable of generating much more power. If the standard battery dies, your hybrid battery can start your engine and power your electronics in a pinch. However, if your hybrid car battery dies, you shouldn’t drive the vehicle. Instead, visit Volkswagen of Orland Park at the earliest opportunity.

Maximize Your Hybrid Car Battery Life with Our Team

Whether you drive a hybrid vehicle or a fully electric model, know that you can rely on our team of service experts to keep you moving forward. Contact us today to learn more about owning one of these dependable futuristic vehicles, about the Volkswagen maintenance schedule, how long it takes to charge an EV, the benefits of electric cars, and more.

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