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Register your Fusion Hybrid at the official Ford authorized registry here.

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Any merit to www.thehybridshop.com?

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#1 OFFLINE   MrMikeL


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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:39 PM

On this and other hybrid forums, the topic of battery replacement invariably comes up.  Most likely none of us will ever have a problem with our batteries, but if we do, what options do we have? Purchase a new battery at a high cost. Purchase a used battery and take your chances.  But what about The Hybrid Shop (www.thehybridshop.com)?  If our capacity really tails off, will the service they perform really make a difference?


Just curious what everyone thinks, thanks!!

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 08:16 PM

Seems like they are only conditionning Nickel-Metal hybrid batteries. Not a word about Lithium batteries. http://www.thehybrid...-works-science/


Lithium batteries are quite new to the market, maybe that's why they're focusing on older batteries.


Except for that, I think it's an eco-responsible way to maintain our batteries.

#3 OFFLINE   MrMikeL


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Posted 27 January 2016 - 09:07 PM

I asked them about lithium ion.  Here was their response:


Hello Mike,


Currently, we are only conditioning NIMH batteries…and there are a few reasons why:

·         Capacity can be added to NIMH batteries…capacity CAN NOT be added to lithium…at least with today’s technology.

·         Most vehicles with lithium batteries likely have 5 years + left in their manufacturer’s warranty

·         We think that in the next 5 years, technology will provide the solution to the lithium capacity element…our tech team is already working on it

#4 OFFLINE   lolder


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Posted 27 January 2016 - 09:09 PM

The Ford hybrids with NiMH HVBs "condition" automatically as required. With non-plug-in hybrids, loss of HVB capacity is relatively unimportant. The first generation Prii 2001-03 could have a 70% loss of capacity and not affect mpg. It is only important that the HVB does not fail in the open circuit mode. All the hundreds of cells are in series and any open cell causes the battery to fail and the car coasts to a stop. There have been very few.

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