HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR HYBRID BATTERY - DO IT YOURSELF METHOD
In this video, I will explain 11 steps that you can take to extend the life of your hybrid battery
Hi, This is Kaveen from Lucid Technologies. Most people purchase hybrid vehicles to save money by saving on fuel as well as overall maintenance. Unfortunately, in countries like Sri Lanka that are subjected to harsh climatic and driving conditions, the hybrid battery tends to fail prematurely. Sometimes within 2-3 years. Now, when this happens, vehicle owners will have to either rebuild or completely replace their battery, thereby drastically reducing their expected savings, not to mention the hassle that it creates.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce premature battery failure both professionally as well as on your own. This video will be focussing on 11 things that you as the vehicle owner can do to extend the life of your hybrid battery. Please note that this information is mostly relevant to vehicle models that use the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive such as the Prius, Axio, Aqua, etc as well as models that use the Honda Integrated Motor Assist, also known as the IMA system, which include the Honda Insight, Civic, Fit GP1, etc. So let’s dive into it.
Number 1: Avoid Using the ECO Mode
The ECO mode function aims at reducing the fuel consumption by primarily reducing the vehicle acceleration and optimizing the Air Conditioning system. We now have enough evidence to suggest that driving the vehicle with the ECO MODE switched on will reduce the life of your hybrid battery.
Number 2: Avoid using the EV Mode:
In Toyota hybrid vehicles, activating the EV Mode, will force the vehicle to run solely on battery power instead of switching on the engine, until the hybrid battery is discharged to a certain level. Like the ECO mode, this weakens the hybrid battery over time. So it’s important to keep both the EV Mode and the ECO mode switched off at all times. You can verify that they are off by ensuring that the EV mode and ECO mode indicators on the dashboard are not lit.
Number 3: Keep the engine in excellent running condition
If your engine runs poorly, it will not be able to provide the acceleration and on demand start-stop functionality that the vehicle require. This will put more stress on the hybrid battery, thereby weakening it. So it’s important to perform the engine oil change, tune-up, etc on time. Moreover, if your engine burns oil, get it repaired immediately.
Number 4: Avoid parking under the sun for an extended period of time:
Excessive heat is the worst enemy of any rechargeable battery. If you keep the vehicle parked under the sun for hours, the temperature of the vehicle cabin will reach figures of over 60 degrees celsius. This will definitely deteriorate the hybrid battery. If you cannot avoid this situation, at least mount sun shades behind the front and rear glasses and lower the four windows by a few centimetres. If you have the rain guards installed, water will not seep into your vehicle even if it rains.
Number 5: Avoid keeping the vehicle dormant for an extended period of time.
Not using the vehicle for weeks and months at a stretch will weaken the battery as well. If you have to leave the country for sometime, handing it over to a friend so that he can run it for a while may be a practical approach.
Number 6: Use the Air Conditioning system at a low temperature setting
Keeping the temperature of your hybrid battery at a low level by always keeping the your air conditioning system at a low temperature setting will help in extending its life. If a problem exists with the air conditioning system, get it fixed immediately.
Number 7: Ensure that the 12v battery is in good condition
The 12v battery in your vehicle is charged by the Hybrid battery across an electronic unit called the “DC/DC converter”. There is evidence to suggest that a weak 12v battery deteriorates the hybrid battery overtime. This can cause damage to the DC/DC converter as well. check your 12v battery on a regular basis and replace it even if its slightly weak.
Number 8: Always ensure that the cabin filter is in good condition
A dirty cabin filter, also known as the A/C filter will reduce the cooling performance of your air conditioning system, which in turn would weaken the hybrid battery due to the excessive heat. Get it cleaned or replaced at regular intervals.
Number 9: Always keep the vehicle interior clean
If the interior of your vehicle is not regularly cleaned, the dust inside the cabin area can clog the battery cooling system thereby increasing the temperature of your hybrid battery and weakening it.
Number 10: Keep the battery cooling system vent unobstructed.
Locate the vent that is used by the hybrid battery cooling system and make sure that it is not blocked in anyway. This vent is located either on the side, below or above the rear seat.
Number 11: Accelerate and Decelerate gradually.
Rapid acceleration will draw a a large amount of electrical current from the battery whereas rapid deceleration will put a large amount of electrical current back into the battery. Either one of these events will excessively heat your hybrid battery, thereby weakening it. Therefore, by gradually accelerating until the required speed is achieved and starting to slow down the vehicle when an obstacle is seen at a distance, you can extend the life of your hybrid battery.
So there you have it. I hope this has been informative to you and please feel free to drop your questions in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to assist. For information on services related to hybrid batteries and IMA battery cooling fan replacement, please get in touch with us through our website at www.lucidtechnologieslimited.com. Thank you for watching and take care.