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EV battery prices are coming down fast – the dawn of a new era

Posted on 05/20/2019
BloombergNEF, which provides energy research and information, predicts that the cost of EV high voltage batteries will continue to come down in the near future.
They predict that by 2025 the cost of the battery will only be about 20% of the cost of the entire vehicle. They also believe that even sooner, by 2022, EVs will become the cheaper option for car buyers. 
As a percentage of the cost of the vehicle, the price of high voltage batteries is dropping – in 2015 the battery cost amounted to 57% of the entire vehicle price, while this year it is down to 33% of the vehicle cost.
Pat’s Garage has been at the forefront of the hybrid / EV revolution. Long before Toyota offered a plugin-hybrid, Pat’s Garage was converting regular Prius hybrids to plug-in hybrids. We are also Fisker Karma and
Karma Revero Authorized Customer Support Program (CSP) provider. Karma is the groundbreaking sport EV vehicle that preceded Tesla. 
Our nationally ASE certified technicians are experts at hybrid and EV technology. We welcome the news that clean EV vehicles will soon be the norm on Bay Area roads. Should you have any questions concerning your hybrid or EV, do not hesitate to call us – we are happy to be of service. 

Least and Most Recalled Cars

Posted on 06/11/2018

Least and Most Recalled Cars just released their review of the 2013-2017 model years of vehicles that sold at least 50,000 units. They used the NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) database to look for recall data.

Four of the five least recalled cars are among the models we work on: 

   Hyundai Accent

   Toyota Corolla

   Honda Civic

   Honda CR-V


The only model we work on that made the top 5 most-recalled list is the Nissan Pathfinder. So if you drive a Pathfinder, do make sure to bring it in for a checkup. If we find repairs are required – we will let you know if those problems are subject of a recall – if a recall has been issued, you will be able to take your vehicle to a dealer and get it fixed free of charge.


Toyota Discontinues Scion - We Still Support It

Posted on 02/22/2016

Pat's Garage has been a San Francisco service and repair shop for Scion since it first appeared in 2003. We love these cars - they are economical to own, and economical to drive.

2005 Scion tC by Shagun, used under CC BY 2.0

We were saddened to learn that Toyota will no longer manufacture Scions. Scion 2016 is the last in the product line. In an interview, a spokesman for Toyota said that the decision was not taken lightly. Many industry analysts suspect that low gasoline prices were a big reason for the decision - Scion was built with fuel economy in mind. As the price of gasoline fell, so did the sales of Scion.

The good news is that Pat's Garage will continue to service and repair Scions. Our experienced ASE certified mechanics an take good care of your Scion. We do not think there will be any parts shortages either - this is a modern car and Toyota manufacturing prowess makes it easy to supply parts "on demand".

So while it's sad to see a good friend go, you can enjoy driving your car, knowing that if it needs service or repairs, you can bring it to Pat's Garage, and we will take good care of your Scion.

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