How much does a hybrid car need to be driven in order to keep its battery from dying? Any other maintenance recommendations for a car that doesn’t get much use? (I see by the “related topics” that similar questions have been asked before, and I’m taking those threads into account, but none of them are about hybrid cars, so I’m specifically wondering if the answers change in that case.)
More detail: My husband and I carpool to work. Since we just bought a new Nissan Leaf that we intend to use as the daily commuter/drive-around-town car, our 2011 Prius has now been demoted to backup car, a position formerly occupied by my dearly departed 1999 Honda CR-V (which was driven maybe once every week or two, whenever my husband and I needed to be in different places at the same time). Since we do need to keep the Prius, both as a backup and for longer road trips, I want to make sure we keep it in reasonably good condition. There’s no reason we can’t drive it instead of the Leaf sometimes, so I’m wondering how often we should do that.
Related: how often should we change the Prius’s oil? We were doing the CR-V’s every 6 months, because it took longer than that to put 3000 miles on it, and we know that oil breaks down with age. I guess we can do the same with the Prius now that it won’t be driven as much? (We had been doing the Prius every 5000 miles, but as that was the daily-use car it would get there in a normal period of time.)