Factors That Affect Hybrid Battery Life
Many factors affect the life of your vehicle’s battery, especially if you drive a hybrid. Remember that with a hybrid vehicle, the batteries are charged during braking and idling, which is used to power the electric engine.
One of the primary factors affecting the life of a hybrid battery is the climate conditions under which the hybrid vehicle is driven and stored. Extreme heat or cold can have a significant effect on the life of a hybrid battery.
Another significant factor affecting the life of your hybrid vehicle’s battery is the mileage life of the battery. The longer and farther the vehicle has been driven, the closer you get to the end of the battery’s life. Every battery, whether hybrid or not, has a lifespan of cycles. As the battery approaches the outside limit of those cycles, the less effective and efficient the battery will be.
Extending the Life of Your Hybrid Battery
The best way to extend the life of your hybrid battery is to be a calm driver. Excessive acceleration from stops and other aggressive driving habits will wear down the life of your hybrid battery faster than any other factor in your control.
Making and keeping a maintenance schedule for your hybrid vehicle in concert with your mechanic will also help extend the life of your hybrid battery. Talk with your mechanic about your vehicle’s needs and make a schedule to take care of those needs regularly.
Using an authorized dealer and service center can also improve the life of your hybrid vehicle. Authorized dealers will have the most up-to-date information on your vehicle’s make and model. Mechanics can make informed suggestions that will help extend the life of your hybrid car battery and charging system.
AutoStream Car Care is an authorized dealer in the Columbia, MD, area. Our technicians are available to answer questions and to help you create and follow a preventative maintenance schedule that will extend the life of your vehicle and especially the batteries and charging systems. Give us a call today to make an appointment with our qualified technicians.