If you are new to the world of hybrid and fully electric cars, you may have some questions about the battery or, more specifically, jumping another vehicle using its battery.
Hybrid and electric vehicles have two batteries, but only a hybrid design comes with more than one way of delivering power to the engine.
The main battery in an electric or hybrid car is a large pack of lithium-ion batteries usually located beneath the seat.
The other battery is a 12-volt battery specifically meant to power the small motors and AC in the car.
Can Hybrid Jump-Start a Regular Car?
Yes, you can jump-start a traditional car with a hybrid car as long as its 12-volt battery is in working condition and adequately charged.
Not only is it practically and theoretically possible to do so, but also your internal combustion engine can jump-start the hybrid car in return.
Hybrids are a combination of electric and fossil fuel-driven cars, unlike fully electric automobiles.
All hybrids can run on fuel or battery, except a plug-in hybrid that uses a large battery to run the entire car.
Since hybrid cars can rely on their internal combustion engine to run the vehicle if the battery dies, they can be jump-started with ease.
The secondary battery in the car can also run out of power in the way a regular engine can.
Even so, jump-starting an internal combustion engine using a hybrid car is a bit different from doing the same by way of another internal combustion car.
How Do You Jump-Start a Car with Hybrid?
To begin, you’ll need to make sure you have jumper cables, as well as gloves, and an electricity source, like a hybrid car.
I also recommend getting a car manual handy and tools like a jack, wheel spanner, fire extinguisher, and tire sealant.
You may not need all of them in the process, but it’s good to keep them handy.
Once you have all these tools at ready, you can follow the steps below to jump-start a car with a hybrid:
Put on a pair of gloves and ready the jumper cables.
Then park both of the cars face-to-face, with the fronts facing one other. Engage the emergency brakes and shut off the engines in the vehicles.
Find the 12-volt battery in the hybrid. It’s somewhat hard to find, and many of them are protected in plastic housing. But you can find it if you look carefully.
After you have found it, determine which is the positive post and which is the negative post by looking for the terminal signs found on the battery heads.
Now, start the car and wait five minutes before you jump the vehicle.
After the jump-started car runs, you can turn off the hybrid and remove the jumper cables.
Can You Jump Start a Hybrid with Another Car?
Now, this is precisely the opposite of what we talked about above.
There can be instances when your Prius battery runs down or stops working – maybe because you left the lights on overnight.
And all you have is a regular gas-powered car in good condition nearby to jumpstart.
From what I have found from people talking on various forums, you can practically jump-start your hybrid battery with another regular car.
Remember that the main battery in a hybrid is 650v, which is generally used to power various elements in the car.
But it’s the 12-volt battery that runs the user interface, much like that used in a regular gas-powered car.
So, if the 12-volt battery of your hybrid turns out to be faulty or discharged, you can jump-start it to get the car running.
Things To Check Before You Jump Start
I understand it’s very disappointing when you get into your car in the morning only to find that the engine does not start because the battery has been exhausted.
But, before you plan to jump-start, I recommend you double-check if you need it.
Because if the battery hasn’t discharged much and you still try to jump-start, it can do more damage to your car than good.
Here are a few signs you will most likely need to check, which will tell if there’s something wrong with your car battery that has drained it completely.
- Check the engine light to see if it’s on
- The car engine doesn’t crank, and no lights on the dashboard
- Your car engine is making some sound without getting started
A jump-start is often required in these scenarios.
But if it doesn’t help, you will need to get your car’s battery replaced. Make sure you do it yourself only if you know how to do it, or else get it done by a professional.
A jump start (also called “boost”), in simple terms, is a way to start your vehicle when its battery is dead or below the threshold required to start the engine.
You can jump-start a vehicle with another car if its battery is in good condition.
Jumping a traditional internal combustion engine with a hybrid car is possible and is similar to jumping two internal combustion engines.
The only difference is finding the battery in the hybrid car, which can be a bit trickier.
Otherwise, by following the steps above, you should have no problem jump-starting another car using a hybrid model.
Based in Orem (Utah) John Paterson graduated from Utah Valley University and has begun writing in 2009. He has a large wealth of experience in writing articles related to cars, automotive repair, wheels, cleaning/maintenance, and much more. He has also written instructional articles in a similar niche for a few online publications as well. Currently, he works as a mechanic in his personal garage shop where he loves serving his countrymen from his heart.