2011 Chevrolet Volt battery to have an eight-year/100,000-miles warranty

Posted on Thursday, 15 July 2010 , 05:07:17 byAlina

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2011 Chevrolet Volt battery to have an eight-year/100,000-miles warranty

General Motors announced today, during a media briefing at its Brownstown Township, that the lithium ion battery pack for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt would be warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles when it goes on sale later this year.

GM noted that the warranty will be transferable at no cost to a new owner should a Volt buyer decide to sell his car. According to the Detroit automaker, "it's the automotive industry's longest, most comprehensive battery warranty for an electric vehicle".

The Chevrolet Volt's battery warranty covers all 161 battery components, and that's a pretty good thing for buyers as the cost of the 400 pound battery has been estimated between $8,000 and $10,000.

In its final production form, 95 percent of the components were designed and developed in-house by GM, it weighs in at 400 pounds and has an output of 110 kilowatts. Internally, the water-cooled pack consists of 288 LG Chem lithium polymer cells. Battery production is slated to begin regular production in August.

The Volt, which uses a small gasoline engine to produce electricity once the battery is depleted, will be priced at around $40,000 (before federal incentives) when it hits U.S. showrooms this fall.

Stephens and Micky Bly, GM's executive director of Global Electrical Systems, claimed that want to lead the industry in the technology behind batteries, electric motors, and power controls.

"We're in a race and its one of the most important races in the industry," Stephens said. "And if you know anything about me, I like to win races."