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Posted by Trevor Wilson on August 19, 2009, 10:59 pm

**Incorrect. All models of the Prius use NiMH batteries. Except for the
proposed 'plug-in hybrid' which will use Li-Ion batteries. Keeping NiCd
batteries in a constant state of charge is a VERY BAD THING. NiCds should be
'exercised' regularly, by allowing complete discharge and full recharge.
NiMH batteries do not require such actions.

  The biggest factor in

**They're not NiCd batteries.

**At least you got the rest right.

Trevor Wilson

Posted by David T. Johnson on August 20, 2009, 12:21 am

Ooops.  Meant to say that...
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Posted by Kev on August 20, 2009, 1:41 am

David T. Johnson wrote:

Be very surprised if it goes past 12-15 years from when the battery was
first fitted not when dopey bought the car

The taxi owner is getting 341,000klms, that's only about 2 years life.


Posted by rebel on August 23, 2009, 3:35 am


I don't think so.

no, they warrant it for a long period because they couldn't sell the cars if the
battery pack had a one year warranty.  go figure.

Twelve months ago (in a short documentary clip in the ABC  TV midday news), a
Toyota USA rep discussing Prius batteries stated "they cost *us* $000 a time".
They expected that to come down as sales increased - which they may not have
done much in that period due to the GFC.  And even, on a best case w-a-g they
are now half that, it is still evident that your replacement cost figures:

(a) are heavily subsidised by Toyco; or

(b) you pulled them out of your arse.

Posted by user on August 23, 2009, 4:21 am

rebel wrote:


An after market battery pack costs about $2oo>1500.00 landed

  a quick google produced that sort of costing

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