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How long do electric car batteries last?

Generally speaking, the large nickel-metal-hydride batteries in hybrid vehicles are warranted for eight years and 160,000 km. Toyota says the nickel-metal hydride battery pack in the Prius is good for the life of the car or almost 300,000 km.

Toyota and Honda warrant the battery pack for eight years or 160,000 km. This is not much different than the situation with a conventional engine – they commonly last far past the warranty coverage.

Taxi fleets in various parts of the world are using hybrids, partially because of the lower operating costs in a city environment and partially because they get a slight price break from manufacturers anxious to find out “worse-case” scenarios with respect to maintenance, reliability and battery life.
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