ABC7 reported earlier this week that a San Francisco resident’s Prius, which was parked on the road in a single day, had its battery stolen. Nonetheless, with a purpose to get to that battery, thieves needed to utterly take away the rear seats and lower all of the wires (after they’d first damaged into the automobile, clearly). It was neither a fast nor a simple job, and left the automobile wanting “like a jalopy automobile,” in response to its proprietor.
The battery is without doubt one of the most dear elements of a hybrid automobile just like the Prius, with used variations generally fetching greater than $1,000. It’s additionally very costly to restore a battery-jacked hybrid — as much as $10,000, relying on the harm that was accomplished. Technically, hybrid vehicles might be operational with out the battery, however they are going to probably refuse to begin in the event that they detect that such an necessary piece of their drivetrain is lacking.
Happily for all-electric autos, the batteries are huge and possibly weigh near a thousand kilos, so that they’re not as more likely to be stolen.