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Unread 07-24-2013, 05:27 PM   #11
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I can't speak for Toyota, but I do know that when a Honda dealer replaces a faulty HV battery pack that only refurbished battery sticks are used. Essentially, Honda takes the best sticks from all of the returned packs and uses those for the dealership replacement stock; there is nothing new about the replacement packs besides the battery stick mounting hardware.

As far as the battery tech goes, the Nickel based battery packs in the 03-11 Honda Civic and 05-present Prius are inefficient as best and downright junk at worst. Lithium based batteries are less intensive to produce, leagues more efficient, half the weight, and longer lasting. The only benefit to nickel is the slightly cheaper cost.

FWIW, I pulled the nickel based pack out of my 05' Civic Hybrid and performed a deep charge/discharge cycle to refurbish the battery sticks myself. Still going strong at 200K+ miles.
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