12V Battery Specs for a 2006 Prius

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The Toyota Prius uses both batteries and gasoline for power. Unlike gasoline-only vehicles, the 2006 Prius is equipped with two batteries: a standard lead-acid (Pb-A) 12V accessory battery found on most vehicles and a Panasonic Metal Case Prismatic Module, which is designed for the Prius.

About 12V Lead-Acid Batteries

  • A lead-acid battery is made up of plates, lead, lead oxide and an electrolyte solution. Lead-acid batteries are available in several varieties, such as Starting (cranking) and Deep-Cycle, which are used for marine and golf carts. A Starting battery is developed to produce quick bursts of energy to start more powerful engines. The Prius requires a Starting battery.

Location of the 12V Battery on the Prius

  • The Toyota Prius' 12V battery is located under the hood on the top-right hand side near the engine. To access the battery you will need to remove the plastic protective covering on the battery.

Charging the Prius 12V Battery

  • The 12V battery on the 2006 Prius (and other model years) can be jumped like batteries on non-hybrid vehicles, because the 12V is a standard battery. A dead 12V battery on a Prius can be jumped by any vehicle that has a 12V battery.

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