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We buy batteries from hybrid vehicles for recycling. Contact Junkbat if you have batteries in need of recycling.

Hybrid batteries, also known as traction batteries, are used in vehicles that contain a combustion engine and an electric motor, hence the term hybrid. They recharge themselves by utilizing energy from regenerative breaking and the combustion engine, as well as power from an outlet (in the case of plug-in vehicles). The battery is used to power an electric motor, which allows for smaller combustion engines, and more efficient fuel mile and a decrease in emissions. When the car is idle at a light or in a parking light, the combustion engine turns off and the electric motor takes over the power duties and restart of the vehicle. The combination of electric motor and gasoline engine produce power equivalent or greater to conventional vehicles, decreasing the amount of gas needed to power the vehicle, and thereby saving the driver money in that way as well.

Hybrid batteries utilize NiMH or Nickel-Metal Hydride cells. Some newer vehicles utilize Lithium Ion technology. The real value in hybrid battery cores lies in the use of recycled cells and other components to rebuild a battery pack. Because a lot of battery parts are not available commercially, it is not uncommon to require multiple batteries in order to rebuild one hybrid battery. The result is a rebuilt battery that functions just as well as a newer battery, but is cheaper and more cost effective to the consumer.

Because of the strain put on the battery by the power requirements of newer vehicles, less and less newer generation hybrid batteries are turning up with functional cells and components. This could potentially put the brakes on the rebuild market, unless a workaround is discovered. Obtaining good quality cores is a function of knowing a little bit about the history of the vehicle, and knowing how to examine and test a battery correctly.

In the case of batteries that are difficult to rebuild, or have very little re-sale value, NiMH cells themselves can provide scrap value. The batteries must be disassembled in order to remove the cells, but must be done so properly and with caution, because of the inherent dangers involved with handling high voltages found within the battery. In a majority of the cases, the scrap value of the battery cells does not exceed the time and labor involved in disassembly.

We buy the following hybrid battery cores:

  • 2004-2009 Toyota Prius
  • 2010-2015 Toyota Prius
  • 2010-2015 Toyota Prius C
  • 2010-2015 Toyota Prius V
  • 2007-2011 Toyota Camry
  • 2006-2013 Toyota Highlander
  • 2007-2011 Nissan Altima
  • 2005-2019 Lexus GS450h
  • 2006-2013 Lexus RX400 or RX450
  • 2010-2012 Lexus CT 200h
  • 2008-2013 Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon/Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
  • 2009-2013 GMC Sierra/Chevy Silverado Hybrid

Please try and make sure that these conditions are met:

  • No exposure to water. Water can damage relays, switches, and the computer.
  • No significant case damage (has not been dropped, banged, or crushed). This can make it hard to open and can damage the cells and components.
  • Sitting around a year or less (ideally less than 7 months). Batteries discharge fully after 4-5 months, and every subsequent month makes it increasingly difficult to revive.
  • Knowing the exact mileage on the vehicle is helpful.

We Do Not Buy Batteries From the Following Manufacturers:

  • Hyundai
  • Honda
  • Infinity
  • Kia
  • Lincoln
  • Buick


 

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