Hybrid Car Servicing-Halifax

Hybrid Car Servicing-Halifax

Hybrid Car Servicing-Halifax

Naturally many of our customers are thinking about buying Hybrid cars going forward! So, in recent times we are constantly being bombarded by the media and TV . Consequently about how green the planet should be. Important changes have recently come about to find an alternative to cars that are driven by fossil fuels.

Significantly, one of the technologies to come out of this situations is the “Hybrid Car”. In my opinion the Hybrid offers the best of both worlds. So, these cars have a conventional type of petrol driven engine combined with an large lithium battery.

Advanced technology developments

So, to achieve this then hybrid cars are armed with highly advanced technology. However, fortunately for ourselves this advancement does not really affect the affordability! Of course, for regularly servicing your hybrid car.

Importantly, we here at Pellon Autocentre are classed as a garage that services the “old style technology”cars. However the new hybrids can also be serviced by ourselves. Of course this enables us to offer our Hybrid car owners the same great prices for servicing and repairs.

Consequently all our staff are very familiar with these cars! Offering  our services to the owners of car brands such as the Toyota Auris and Yaris hybrid cars.

Customers should not be fooled into main dealers saying that they are the only ones to service the hybrids. Like many other small garage businesses! Reassuringly, we do keep up with the times. Thus offering our hybrid car customers the same quality of servicing and at a sensible price.

Hybrid brakes are no problem

Most drivers have heard of the “regenerative braking” systems that hybrid cars are fitted with. However once again we are able to replace and repair brake parts on hybrid cars. In my opinion the only grey area for Hybrid cars is in fact the “Batteries”. Hybrids have two batteries. Generally there is a small lead acid battery found in the boot. This battery is usually a  small thin post 054 car battery.

Contrary to my earlier thoughts this battery only operates a switch to turn on the main battery pack. Importantly, the second generation Toyota Prius battery pack is made up of multiple cells. Of course like any other type of battery. In this case the battery pack is made up of 28 Panasonic prismatic nickel metal hydride modules.

Hybrid Car Servicing-Halifax

Split down even further, then each module has 6 x 1.2 volt cells all connected in “series”. Thus making 228 cells packed into 38 modules. Interestingly, giving the battery pack the power of 201.6 volts. Of course the hybrid car battery pack is situated under the back seat. Si it appears to me that car companies such as Toyota are trying to retain the hybrid car customers by the simple high cost of the replacement battery cells. So, when your hybrid car becomes second hand then the battery will cost you a fortune! Please watch out for this, in my opinion it comes against the EU laws.

Of course this high voltage is very dangerous! So, our garage staff must take cars and this is where the special training came in early last year.

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts