Hybrids have been on the scene for about 15 years now. As with all new technologies, I gave it a few years for the dust to settle and find out which direction things will take. With this in mind, I began serious study of the operational designs and characteristics of hybrid cars about 10 years ago.
My study and training in hybrid car repair includes, but is not limited to, online courses of study; video training classes and associated testing and certification; and video conferencing and real-time online classes with other top-tier advanced level technicians throughout the country.
Generally speaking, I subscribe to methods of education which yield real world skills necessary to maintain and repair hybrids at a level equal to or beyond the factory level.
As a result, I am able to safely and successfully perform any and all aspects of hybrid maintenance and repair.
I have renewed the internal combustion engine, the regenerative power supplies, and all manner of digital and computer aspects which make the hybrid a viable source of transportation and power. Prius battery on hoist… It’s heavy, man!
The latest model hybrids actually have the capability to “plug into your house” at your main power supply in the event of a power outage. These models have the equivalent AC power generation of a 10 to 15 kW stand-alone generator!
Second, what has become clear to me right off the bat, is that if proper safety procedures are not followed, you will be DRT (dead right there).
Third of all—and common sense to a modern automotive technician—is that the computer technology which makes a normal gasoline-operated modern vehicle work is basically the same technology that makes a hybrid power plant work.
In other words, it would be impossible to combine all of the fuel saving systems to function as a single system (that is, propulsion) without the computing capabilities which the engineers developed specifically for the systems.