While hybrid cars have come a long way, one of the biggest concerns regarding them is battery life, as well as the cost of replacing the battery packs. Despite how long hybrid cars have been around (almost 20 years!), many people are still hesitant to purchase one due to the concerns about the battery. In order to combat those concerns, Toyota has implemented a new warranty extension for their hybrid batteries, taking yet another step forward in their continuing mission to put the concerns of their customers first.
Last year alone, Toyotas accounted for almost half of the hybrid vehicles purchased throughout America. Despite that and despite being the reigning hybrid automaker in terms of reliability and affordability, Toyota has heard and acknowledged the concerns that many have about hybrid battery life spans and the resulting cost of replacing them.
To remedy that, explains Christopher Smith of Motor 1, the company recently announced that it is extending the warranty for its hybrid batteries to 150,000 miles or 10 years – whichever comes first. This is unprecedented coverage and a considerable change from the previous 100,000 or eight year warranty. Motor 1 also references a key statement from Heater Updegraff, the general manager of Toyota’s communications and vehicle marketing: "Toyota introduced the first hybrid vehicle in the world more than 20 years ago, but people still have hesitations about owning a hybrid vehicle.” The change in the battery pack warranty is a clear indication that Toyota has heard and carefully considered the concerns of their customers.
“Our goal is to minimize that concern and this new warranty extension for the hybrid battery is just another way we are leading the industry and putting our customers first.”- Heather Updegraff, general manager of Toyota’s communications and vehicle marketing.
It should be noted that other components of Toyota’s hybrid cars (electronic controls and motor, for instance) will still be under the 100,000-mile/eight-year warranty.
This new warranty policy includes all seven of Toyota’s 2020 hybrids and plug-in hybrids, which is good news for anybody who has been thinking about dipping a toe into the hybrid vehicle pool. This includes the following models:
The Toyota Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell battery pack is included in the new warranty, too.
If you’re already driving around any of these 2020 models, there’s no need for worry – as Antuan Goodwin of Road Show points out, this warranty includes any 2020 hybrid models already on the road, and what’s more, will extend to ensuing owners. The last detail in particular is a boon in regard to resale value.
Green vehicles are becoming more and more prevalent because people are starting to realize the importance of reducing emissions. Toyota has long been an advocate of developing vehicles that are not only highly fuel efficient, but also leave less of an impact on the environment. It makes sense that people are wary of buying hybrids due to concerns about battery dependability and the subsequent cost of replacing a battery pack, and it also makes sense that Toyota has made an effort to address those worries.
With an additional 50,000 miles/two years added to the battery pack warranty, there’s more incentive now than ever for people to take their first steps into buying a green car. As we here at Westbury Toyota can attest, Toyota’s lines of hybrids and plug-in hybrids all come highly rated for a reason, and we’d be more than happy to fill you in on the buying and leasing options for any of the 2020 hybrid models.