When the hybrid Honda Insight went on sale eight years ago as a 2000 model, the automaker said the battery pack and electric motor would last for the life of the car – about eight to 10 years, the Detroit Free Press
reports.The Insight’s sporty two-seat hatchback caught the interest of consumers when it debuted in 1999 with claims of 61 m.p.g. in-city driving and 70 m.p.g. on the highway, according to the Detroit Free Press
. Honda won't say how many batteries it has replaced in the 13,886 Insights it sold but calls it a small number. A replacement battery pack would cost about $3,000.