Originally Posted by TeleCarve
I have a question about hybrids. Currently these are mostly sold as new vehicles. Soon these will be in the used car market. What happens when the batteries need to be replaced? How much would the replacement cost and how do we dispose of the old batteries?
The 8 year warranty is transferrable, like the federal emissions warranty.
If the battery dies, you dispose of it at an auto service center, for free. Some company out there will be much obliged to pick up that much scrap NiMH for free. Batteries are right up there with steel for being the most recycled materials on earth.
If you have to replace it, you may spend between 1 and 2 grand. An Insight/Civic Hybrid battery is currently two grand. When aftermarket competitors enter the market, expect that price to go down. As production increases, expect that price to go down.
Many Insight owners have original batteries and hundreds of thousands of miles.
|I really think that diesel engines using bio-diesel is our future, not hybrids. Just my opinion.
Why would anyone use bio-diesel when regular diesel can be more economically produced?