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#1 of 144 Toyota Hybrid Battery Pack Replacement
Jul 10, 2006 (4:02 pm)
OK I have conflicting reports as to whether the batter pack in the Toyota Hybrids is covers by the 8 year 100K warranty. Bumped into a Prius owner that said they were told $4-$5K to replace batteries and that Toyota told them the batteries are a "normal wear item" thus not covered by the 8 year 100K warranty. Does anyone have anything in writing to show this as true or false? Was this perosn being taken by their dealer?
#2 of 144 MisInformAtion or mIScoMMuniCatioN
Jul 10, 2006 (4:19 pm)
Of course the hybrid battery is covered as a part of the HSD system.
The 12V car battery is a "normal wear item" but the traction battery system (the hybrid battery) is of course covered.
#3 of 144 Re: Toyota Hybrid Battery Pack Replacement [keithl]
Jul 10, 2006 (5:00 pm)
From Toyota website:
Hybrid-Related Component Coverage: Hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles. The HV battery may have longer coverage under emissions warranty. Refer to applicable Owner’s Warranty Information booklet for details.
#4 of 144 Prius Batteries add-on
Jul 12, 2006 (8:40 am)
After driving my 04 Prius for 35,000 miles I find only one weakness. Drive Battery weakness. I really want to add to the existing battery. Why can't I simply create a 206 volt battery of sufficient power delivery and paralell it to existing? I think of the new Lithium-polymer batteries that allow very high discharge rates with little damage. Kinda pricey now but the will come down eventually.
I presently own a 11 volt Li-po battery of only 1100 mil amp hours for a much smaller application. It charges rapidly, discharges up to 20 amps for a short time with no appearant damage. Any comments?
#5 of 144 Re: Toyota Hybrid Battery Pack Replacement [keithl]
Jul 12, 2006 (9:04 am)
The current cost of the Prius battery back is $2,200, and can be found at salvage yards for $500.
As others have posted, the NiMH battery pack is covered by the 8 year 100K warrenty AND in some states (California for one) by an 10 year 150K emissions warrenty.
#6 of 144 Prius Battery add-on
Jul 12, 2006 (2:33 pm)
Keithl, I really want to add to the existing battery, which BTW is still fine, with a higher capacity Lithium Polymer or similar that will give me more battery power. There just isn't much available on the stock unit...maybe 3 miles creeping if your lucky.
#7 of 144 Lithium Polymer Battery
Jul 13, 2006 (9:47 pm)
I am NOT an expert! I do use a lithium polymer battery for my electric powered model airplane. Right now, they can only be used in outside applications as they can catch fire if over charged or discharged too much. They are so much more powerful, lighter and can be molded into different shapes. They are the future for Hybrid cars and will be the difference that will main stream the technology.
We are probably at least three years out. In the meantime, I will fully enjoy my Camry Hybrid (4 days old) as it was such a better choice than just another ICE.
ps With the Imperial Gallon being bigger, I am enjoying over 50 MPH in mixed driving so far!
#8 of 144 Lithium polymer battery
Jul 14, 2006 (4:58 am)
Tom thanks for your reply. I too use Li-po batteries for my RC Plane. Mine is a 54" wingspan Fairchild Ranger, weighs 13 oz. A really slow flyer. I am building my 2nd and 3rd stick planes to use the same system. A 56" Pt-19 as well as a 36" Waco bi-plane, also lightweight stick I wonder if the recent fires on laptops aren't some indication of the hazards of using Lithium based batteries?
I do not know of a larger application like a prius yet. Like you I am certain it will happen.
#9 of 144 Hybrid battery status
Jun 17, 2006 (11:08 pm)
In my TCH the Hybrid battery status never gets above Level 6 (out of 8). Is it normal, or is it something I should worry about? Sometimes I see the status dropping to Level 5, but it quickly gets to Level 6 and stays there. I've had the car for 4 days now and driven about 250 miles.
What are other people on the forum seeing?
#10 of 144 Re: Hybrid battery status [jan123]
Jun 18, 2006 (5:14 am)
I've had the car for 4 days now and driven about 250 miles.
I've seen no indication that there is any problems elsewhere so I'd get more miles on the car.
What we don't know, other than you have not driven it much, is:
What's your current avg mpg? Do you drive on level ground at low speed limits? Have you went up any long or down any long steep grades? I guess what I'm getting at you may live in an area that is "in balance" with the nature of the car. No extreems may keep your car in the sweet spot.
Find a steep grade (1 mile or so_up or down) and watch the battery. It should either discharge more or charge more.
Mine has been fully charged (on looooong steep grades) and down to the purple level when I was cruising at 35mph on a 10 m ile strech of raod, mostly without the ICE running. Both were the extreems of the driving parameters for the battery use.
Remember the battery is a boost not a total replacement for the ICE