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Hybrid Car Battery Life

As we all know, a hybrid car has a traditional gasoline engine and a powertrain that is powered by batteries. Just like the batteries in your remote control or your watch, the batteries in a hybrid car will not last forever.

Batteries in hybrid cars are designed to last at least 100,000 miles before they have to be replaced. Some last longer -- Toyota says its Prius battery could last up to 180,000 miles.

The web site Cars Direct reports that proper maintenance and a few easy driving tips could help extend the battery life.

Those tips include:

Coasting to a Stop
The site writes:
Besides using the braking system to help charge the electric battery in your hybrid vehicle, your hybrid car also generates kinetic energy when coasting that is used to charge and cycle the battery. So, you should attempt to learn to coast to a stop as often as possible. Simply placing your car in neutral and rolling to a complete stop rather than using your brake too early will help keep your cars electric engine battery charged and help maintain levels that will increase the life of the battery.

Avoid Jack-Rabbit Starts
When a hybrid is stopped, the car switches over to electric power. If you step lightly on the gas pedal to get going, you will run on electric power longer, which will help cycle the battery and make it last longer.

You might want to follow these tips, as replacement batteries are not cheap -- they cost upwards of $3,000.

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