new auto service – high-voltage battery pack Conditioning for hybrids

Conditioning a battery pack restores the amount of energy available to the electric drive system, permitting the vehicle to use high voltage battery electric energy instead of the much lower efficiency gasoline engine. Conditioning significantly increases fuel economy and vehicle performance.

Curry’s Auto Service Washington, D.C. has partnered with Automotive Research and Design (AR&D) to provide this unique and valuable service to hybrid owners. They are one of the very few facilities  in America capable of diagnosing proper testing as well as conditioning procedures.

“We are investing about $25,000 worth of equipment and another $25,000 worth of advanced hybrid training,” said Matt Curry, president and CEO of Curry’s Auto Service. “This is important because we will be better trained than the dealers. Dr. Mark Quarto, chief technology officer of Port Angeles, Wash.-based AR&D, worked for GM for 28 years as one the lead alternative fuel program engineers, Mark is one of the foremost experts in the country on the technology of hybrid and electric cars.”

“These systems need service to perform optimally,” says Curry, who has already performed battery conditioning on his own Hybrid fleet. “We are seeing an incredible 11 to 14 mile-per-gallon increase in fuel efficiency.”

“Hybrid cars are becoming more and more prevalent in the market,” said Curry, “and most people don’t understand how to work on them. We do. With 57 production models currently available, experts expect more than 100 hybrid models to be available on the market by 2015; so this is a definite and growing field.”

“It is important to remember that conditioning is not offered by the dealer,” says Dr. Quarto, “They will replace entire battery packs unnecessarily when the reality is that eight out of ten existing batteries with diminished performance only need to be conditioned. After having the battery conditioned, the customer will see a restoration in vehicle performance and increased fuel economy, closer to what they expected and experienced when they purchased the vehicle new.”