Hybrid vehicles have individual batteries that form the battery pack that runs the vehicle. Each individual battery must be functioning in order for the battery pack to run at full capacity.
Also known as: hybrid battery, individual battery, 6-cell battery, 7.2v battery, 8-cell battery, 9.6v battery
Hybrid vehicles run partially on battery packs, which are a set of batteries put together inside a metal casing to create one large battery. These conglomerate batteries have a single control unit inside that makes the battery run. Battery packs are proprietary feature of hybrid vehicles, with varying numbers, voltages, and control units depending on the manufacturer and model.
Also known as: hybrid car battery pack
When hybrid batteries become old or start having issues charging or holding a charge, a battery rebuild or recondition may be necessary. This process includes a professional hybrid mechanic testing and swapping out old, damaged, or problematic battery modules with new modules. This results in a battery that functions like new.
Also known as: battery recondition, hybrid battery rebuilding, hybrid battery reconditioning
hybrid battery life testing
Since hybrid vehicles run partially on battery power and need those batteries to be reliable in order to accept recharging during and between use, it’s vital that hybrid owners know how much life is left in their batteries. Hybrid repair shops often offer hybrid battery life testing, which tells how well the entire battery package is functioning and recharging, and how each individual battery in the pack is working. Batteries without enough life or those that are malfunctioning should be replaced so that the hybrid battery is reliable.
Also known as: hybrid battery tests, hybrid battery diagnostics
hybrid battery repair and replacement
Hybrid batteries that are malfunctioning, damaged, or no longer charging at full capacity should be repaired or replaced by a local hybrid auto repair shop.
Also known as: hybrid battery replacement, hybrid battery repair, new hybrid batteries, replacement hybrid car batteries
hybrid brake care
Just like gas-powered vehicles, hybrid cars need routine maintenance for brakes, brake pads, rotors, and other brake kit parts. Brakes should also be routinely inspected for wear, damage, and safety.
Also known as: hybrid car brake change, new hybrid brakes hybrid, brake pad replacement, hybrid brake inspection
hybrid electric vehicle
Hybrid electric vehicles, also referred to as hybrids, are vehicles that have two power sources, an electric motor and a gas-powered engine. The systems work together and separately to power the vehicle in a more eco-friendly way, using less gas, and reclaiming energy through regenerative braking.
Also known as: HEV, hybrid, hybrids, hybrid car, hybrid vehicle, eco-friendly vehicle
hybrid electrical service
Hybrids run partially on electrical power from an on-board battery, so their electrical system and the battery itself must function well for the car to run right. Hybrid electrical services help preserve battery life, watch for dips in battery power, problems charging and holding a charge, and other electrical functions of the vehicle.
Also known as: hybrid electrical maintenance, hybrid electric repairs, battery audits
Hybrid maintenance includes routine maintenance for internal systems and vehicle parts that are prone to wear and tear. Maintenance is usually recommended on a time and mileage basis by the manufacturer and should be routinely done to keep the vehicle running smoothly and prevent future problems.
Also known as: hybrid routine maintenance, factory scheduled maintenance
hybrid vehicle repair
Auto repairs for hybrid vehicles include any repairs needed for mechanical, battery, and other components that keep the vehicle running and functioning. This does not include body work, which can be done by a body shop.
Also known as: hybrid mechanical repairs, auto repairs for hybrid cars
Lithium batteries are used to power some hybrid vehicles.
Also known as: LiPO, lithium polymer powered vehicle, lithium polymer batteries
NiMH stands for nickel metal hydride, the composition of many batteries used in common hybrid cars.
Also known as: nickel metal hydride, high-voltage hybrid battery
parallel hybrid vehicle
Parallel hybrid cars are hybrids in which the gasoline engine and electric motor are connected in a way that blends the power sources. Parallel hybrids are available as manual, automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT), and power-split CVT vehicles. Parallel hybrids accelerate, feel, and sound differently depending on the type of transmission and the size of the gasoline engine in them. Vehicle manufacturers including Toyota, Chevrolet, Lexus, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Kia make vehicles with parallel hybrid design.
Also known as: parallel hybrids, parallel power hybrids, power-split hybrids
plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
Electric hybrid vehicles that plug in to recharge their batteries are known as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. These vehicles use electrical plugs in garages or other areas to recharge their batteries overnight or when parked for extended periods. Because of this, their battery packs are larger and similar to those of electric vehicles. Once fully charged, plug-in hybrids run completely on electric power until the electric power is depleted, and then they revert to running like parallel hybrids, in which, while driving, batteries are recharged through regenerative braking or other processes that recycle power generated from gas-powered or internal combustion engines pairing with the electric batteries.
Also known as: PHEV, plug-in hybrids, plug-in cars
Hybrid vehicles recharge their own batteries through the process of regenerative braking. This is a built-in mechanism that converts kinetic energy caused by braking, enabling the hybrid vehicle to store the energy and reuse it to power the vehicle.
Also known as: energy regeneration, recycled energy from braking, energy recapture
Remaining capacity is the amount of charge still remaining in hybrid batteries. Drivers must be aware of the remaining capacity and recharge the vehicle if it drops too low.
Also known as: battery capacity
routine hybrid maintenance
Hybrids require regular maintenance just like all vehicles. This includes oil changes, air filter changes, fluid refills, tire rotation, brake work, and more.
Also known as: hybrid vehicle maintenance, routine maintenance, regularly scheduled maintenance, factory recommended hybrid maintenance, preventative maintenance
series hybrid vehicle
Series hybrids are those hybrids in which the electric motor provides all of the thrust and there is no connection between the gasoline engine and the wheels or driving mechanisms. The gasoline engine provides recharging for the electric battery but does not actually power the vehicle. Series hybrids are preferred by people who want a smoother driving experience that feels like that of an electric car but has smooth and powerful acceleration capabilities. BMW makes popular series hybrid cars.
Also known as: electric-gas hybrid, series hybrids
state of charge/relative state of charge
The relative state of charge or state of charge of a hybrid vehicle battery pack is the remaining capacity or full-charge capacity that the battery is in. It’s the amount of charge remaining within the battery that can be used by the hybrid car.
Also known as: relative state of charge, RSOC, RSC, SOC vehicles
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