Hybrid car battery lifespan

Hybrid car batteries are different to regular electric car batteries. They have been designed and engineered to last. That’s why every Toyota hybrid vehicle in our range comes with a 5-year 100,000 mile Toyota warranty.

What is a hybrid battery and how long does it last?

There are two motor engines in a hybrid vehicle: one electric engine and one conventional engine. While the hybrid’s conventional engine is powered by fuel such as diesel or petrol, its electric engine is driven purely by a hybrid battery.

Our hybrid battery is not like a standard car battery, but a much more sophisticated component which has been designed and engineered by Toyota to last – and keep working – for the entire lifetime of your car. Unlike a pure electric ‘plug-in’ vehicle that needs to have its battery recharged after a long journey, a hybrid battery continually recharges itself when your car is in motion.

It does this as you drive, through the car wheels turning; and even when you use your brakes, through a process called ‘regenerative energy’. In effect, hybrid cars are like small generators, continually topping their battery power up with electricity and then using it to power the electric engine - and saving on fuel costs.


With scheduled Hybrid Electric Services

Hybrid battery lifespan

Maintenance and service costs for a hybrid vehicle are similar to conventional petrol or diesel cars and your Toyota hybrid battery is also covered by the same five-year or 100,000-mile warranty as the rest of the car.

The Toyota ‘Hybrid Electric Service' includes hybrid specialist checks to ensure your battery is in top condition. Having a Toyota Hybrid Electric Service annually will extend the standard cover on your hybrid battery for another year, or 10,000 miles, meaning your hybrid battery lifespan can be covered up to a total of 15 years, with no limit on total mileage.


Hybrid battery cost

It is possible to replace a hybrid battery beyond its warranty. Prices vary depending on model as outlined below. Please contact your local dealer for more details.

From price (Inc. VAT)
Yaris Hybrid £1,086.11
Auris Hybrid
Auris Hybrid Touring Sports £1205.66
Toyota C-HR Hybrid
RAV4 Hybrid £1,564.38
Prius £1,140.90
Prius Plug In £5,447.15

Hybrid battery recycling

Toyota vehicles are amongst the most economical and environmentally friendly available and hybrid battery recycling is important to us. Removing and disposing of a hybrid battery is done by a Toyota Authorised Repairer, and, under EU Directive 2006/66/EC, we aim to recycle over 50% of the weight a hybrid battery.

Find out more about our Hybrid Electric Service and how to maintain your hybrid

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