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Frequently asked questions

Are hybrid vehicles more expensive?

Hybrid vehicles are generally a few thousand dollars more than their non-hybrid counterparts, however you will save a lot of money in gas, not to mention help the environment at the same time.

Do hybrids need to be plugged in to recharge the battery?

No. The high voltage battery for the electric motor will be recharged during normal use. Recharging occurs during braking and coasting. The forward energy is converted into electricity and recharges the battery.

How long will hybrid car batteries last?

The high voltage battery used in the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is expensive to replace, but luckily they are designed to last for the lifetime of the vehicle. Most manufacturers’ warranties cover the batteries for between eight and 10 years, so one can expect the real failure rate will be much longer beyond that. In fact, according to Toyota, it has not replaced a single battery pack for their Prius since it went on the market back in 2000.

What is E85?

E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Ethanol is a derivative from corn and is touted as a way to reduce dependency on foreign oil while also helping to reduce greenhouse emissions. Most cars can run on a 10 percent ethanol blend (E10), but use of E85 is only recommended in vehicles especially designated as flexible fuel vehicles (FFV).

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