Posted by bob on March 7, 2007, 2:44 am
they are EXCEPTIONALLY reliable by battery standards - the batteries will
probably last around 10 yrs..the problem is that cars last more than 10 yrs
(decent ones)..every prius in its lifetime should se 1-2 battery set
replacements - and at the current costs for new ones, that's really tough to
recall that the prius hybrid hasn't been around long enough for the batts to
start failing in large #s yet..give it another 3-4 yrs for the data to come
yes, today, that is true..but in 3-4 yrs, when the batts begin failing in
large #s, that will change..my hope is for a nice aftermarket developer to
get in the game with those batteries.
Posted by Bob Wilson on March 7, 2007, 8:35 am
Fortunately, there are plenty of salvage batteries available for very
good prices. Furthermore, battery technologies are improving and prices
are going down. Also, there may be a fairly simple way to refubish
battery packs by replacing electrolyte in marginal cells and rebuilding
replacements. Think of it as the battery equivalent of rebuilding an
engine. The technology is not that hard.
However, if you are risk adverse, just sell the car before the battery
fails. Do let me know how much your asking.
Posted by bob on March 7, 2007, 12:21 pm
the car's brand new..i plan to sell it at 80k miles, 20k before the batt
warranty..i'm asking sticker. :-) hehe
Posted by Bob Wilson on March 9, 2007, 2:30 pm
Depending upon the price of gas, you may get it.
Posted by Michael Pardee on March 7, 2007, 11:30 pm
How do you come up with the estimate? Toyota has stated they chose the NiMH
over LiIon because the NiMH has no specific life limitations. Like the
Edison cell, they could theoretically last centuries. Theoretically, of
course, because they are in a vehicle that tends to bump along the road. But
so far (and the Prius has been sold for 10 years in Japan) the rise in
battery failures that would signal trouble has not yet been seen.