2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets Lifetime Battery Warranty

Hyundai sonata hybrid
To further convince customers that Hyundai knows how to build a proper hybrid, the carmaker has announced that its 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedan will now come with a lifetime battery warranty.

That means Hyundai will ensure that the lithium-polymer battery works for the life of the vehicle. If the battery fails, the company will replace it and take care of any recycling costs. The new warranty replaces the previous 10-year/100,000-mile warranty for the battery.

Hyundai says the battery has lasted up to 275,000 miles in company tests, which should be more than enough time for normal motorists. The automaker recently announced a base price of $25,850 for the 2012 Sonata Hybrid.

Editor's Note: Today, Hyundai released additional details on the lifetime battery warranty. The lifetime guarantee applies to all 2012 Sonata Hybrids. The coverage is not transferrable and does not apply to lease or commercial vehicles, or vehicles sold outside of the U.S.

Comments 

Al

Wow, that's one heck of a guarantee. It's great when you see automakers willing to stand behind their product. This should put people's worries at ease regarding replacing the battery.

Amuro Ray

Not new news, but the point is - READ THE FINE PRINTS. (If cars.com can find out, that'll be great).

Anyhow, batteries of any hybrid are warrantied for 10 years, 100K miles already in CA. The questions are - is this warranty transferrable, and what about parts that are associated with the battery, but not part of the battery itself (eg. say, wires to the batteries)?

This is a great marketing ploy nonetheless, esp if the warranty isn't transferrable! WIth new car ownership less than 5 yrs, vehicle life avg around 10, and the overall # of hybrids sold, this change will cost Hyundai barely anything at all!

broq3.5

with batteries in cabs going hundreds of thousands of miles without any hiccups, it seems to me that the battery should be the last thing a hybrid buyer should worry about. I agree with Amuro- good marketing ploy.

Broq

Anonymous Coward

Does it transfer to second/third owners, or is it like Hyundai's power train warranty where it's cancelled after the original owner sells it?

Lance

@amuro ray

I think you may be confused on the car ownership and life numbers. The average age of owned vehicles(published recently all over the place) is 10.8 years which is a new record. That's not the life of the vehicle....that is how long the average owner drives their vehicle. Being an average that means there are a whole of of people that keep them longer and a whole lot that keep them less. I have three vehicles and two of them are approaching ten years old and when I trade them I'm sure they will go for another 5+.

Derrick G

I see they've told other outlets they don't know the details yet. One other site had linked the press release from the Hyundai media site, but it seems to be gone from there now. I think additional refinements to the car might have been a better way to boost sales.

Jennifer Geiger, Editor at Cars.com

@Derrick G
You're right; the press release is gone now. We're working on finding out more details.

Amuro Ray

The "cached" PR is still available on Autoblog Green,

http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/11/hyundai-offers-lifetime-battery-replacement-guarantee-for-sona/

But as you can see, nothing on the fine prints on how the warranty really works, esp in the case of ownership transfer).

simon

If the battery is bullet proof, then this is a great idea - that won't cost much!

Primer

Maybe they are betting on one of the battery advances, like the cheaper metal air batteries being available in 10 years? There are a few of them traveling down the pipeline, and they are cheap, with up to 15 times the energy density.

GEORGE POTTER

The guy in marketing who thought this up should get a big bonus, and I bet he will!
Is it a good deal for the consumer, only from the peace of mind angle.

No Lawyers

The problem is that the warranty is not transerable so the next buyer is going to be in for a shock (or non-shock) when the battery dies.

Derrick G

From the Hyundai website, here's the details of the hybrid coverage:

HYUNDAI HYBRID VEHICLES AND AMERICA’S BEST WARRANTY
Our dedication and commitment to building vehicles of the highest quality knows no bounds. So, America’s Best Warranty is included on every new Hyundai hybrid vehicle. With an added advantage—Lifetime Battery Warranty* for original owner and the 10-Year/100,000-Mile Hybrid Components Protection coverage is transferable to subsequent owners.
Hyundai’s Blue Drive Hybrid components consists of:
• Hybrid Battery Pack Assembly
• Hybrid Starter Generator
• Hybrid Power Control Unit
• Automatic Transmission including Traction Motor
See the sections above or the Owner’s Manual for additional details on Hyundai’s hybrid vehicle warranty coverage.

* Hybrid Battery Replacement Guarantee applies to all U.S. 2012 model year Sonata Hybrids. The Hyundai Lifetime Hybrid Battery Replacement Guarantee ensures that if the 2012 Sonata Hybrid lithium polymer battery fails, Hyundai will replace the battery and cover recycling costs for the old battery pack free of charge to the original owner. The coverage is not transferrable, and does not apply to lease and commercial vehicles or vehicles serviced outside the U.S.

Definitely not transferable for the battery coverage.

For cars battery are very important and giving a lifetime warranty is really awesome,in Finland i use to look different types of batteries like lead-acid batteries and polymer and i seen that they are really important on some electronics things.Pretty amazing technology.

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