The Prius uses electric motors in the hybrid propulsion systems, powered by a high voltage battery in the rear of the car. The European and Japanese versions are offered with a lithium-ion battery, with three rows of seats with accommodations for seven passengers. For many years, horror stories and urban myths have claimed that the Toyota Prius battery pack will only last a few years before it needs a replacement, at huge cost. [111][103][112][113] and the 1 million milestone during the first half of 2015. [12] The U.S. is the top selling market, with 46,133 units sold since inception through January 2017, of which, 3,788 units are second generation Prius Prime cars. This figure is disputed by General Motors which found the value for the model with 17-inch wheels to be around 0.30 based on tests in GM, Ford, and Chrysler wind tunnels. [26], The Prius NHW11 (sometimes referred to as "Generation II"[27]) was the first Prius sold by Toyota outside of Japan, with sales in limited numbers beginning in the year 2000 in Asia, America, Europe and Australia. Those are for high precision applications or for use as NBS traceable transfer standards. I agree to receive emails from Green Car Reports. A new front-drive platform underpinned the car, although the wheelbase remained unchanged and overall length grew by a lone centimetre. Thank you.. Several US companies offer employees incentives. Taxis Show Hybrid Battery Durability, Toyota USA Newsroom: Our Point of View: Prius Battery Change is No Big Deal, you said going to the dealership is way too expensive, i agree. Another option is to recondition the pack yourself. The hybrid drive train of the car's production Hybrid Synergy Drive is retained but with a larger lithium ion battery. [159] In the US and Canada, a vacuum flask is used to store hot coolant when the vehicle is powered off for reuse so as to reduce warm-up time. I was not sure if this was true though. [192] [49], From 2005 to 2009, the second-generation Prius had been built by FAW-Toyota in the city of Changchun for the Chinese market. The second difference is the transmission. Craig and I spoke about battery life expectancy and how as the battery modules age, they become unbalanced. Not too shabby." Bank of America will reimburse US$3,000 on the purchase of new hybrid vehicles to full- and part-time associates working more than 20 hours per week. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. These cars were meant for better fuel econ than what I am getting. I have had a long career in calibration of electronic test I measuring equipment. How do we know? [214], In July 2007 The New York Times published an article using data from CNW Marketing Research finding that 57% of Prius buyers said their main reason for buying was that "it makes a statement about me", while just 37% cited fuel economy as a prime motivator. i'm trying to make a decision on how to replace it - modules or an entire new battery pack. The EV mode does help you understand early on if your hybrid battery is starting to have issues. I hope you can answer a couple of questions that will help me. Like many articles, this one started with a reader question. "We're paying for both sides in this war, and that's not a good long-term strategy," said Woolsey. Toyota Prius Hybrid Battery Failure At some point new parts cannot be obtained anymore, and the first indication is big price and warranty drop. Haven't had battery problem. The Body Of Gen 2 and Gen 3 Prius [120] In that year it overtook the Honda Fit, which was Japan's best-selling car in 2008 excluding Kei cars. How can I find a recondition kit for the NMH battery? The Prius is a power-split or series-parallel (full) hybrid, sometimes referred to as a combined hybrid, a vehicle that can be propelled by gasoline or electric power or both. The Toyota Prius Hybrid was exported to China from 2007. [88] The model was released to retail customers in the U.S. in November 2016,[13] followed by Japan in February 2017. [9], Toyota debuted the new Prius (2010 US model year) at the January 2009 North American International Auto Show,[53] and sales began in Japan on May 18, 2009. [51] The good news is that they can be replaced. Luckily, there is a growing network of shops that will do the work. [178][179] until it was topped by the Chevrolet Volt in December 2010, as the plug-in hybrid was rated by EPA with an overall combined city/highway gasoline-electricity fuel economy of 60 mpg‑US (3.9 L/100 km; 72 mpg‑imp) equivalent (MPG-e). I am talking about an HV battery replacement for a 2005 Prius, you seem to think I'm discussing the warranty Toyota provides on the original part, possibly you did not realize the article you are commenting on is about replacements, and thus my comment obviously would be too. We also communicated with battery repair professionals (one on each coast) who routinely repair batteries for under $400 and warranty them following the repair.