GM has announced what the warranty plan for the battery pack on the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Volt – eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. General Motors has been working on the batteries in the hope that they will last as long as the car itself.
Autoblog acknowledges that there has been some confusion with the Chevrolet Volt, GM as well as us associate the car as an EV (Electric Vehicle), but let us not forget that it also runs on gas as well. Although the technology used is much different to that a hybrid.
Let us take the Toyota Prius, this requires the gasoline engine to help charge the batteries, using the electric motor at low speeds with the traditional engine kicking in at higher speeds.
The Chevy Volt requires you to charge the batteries in a charging station; the EV will then have a range of just over 40 miles. Once the Volt drains its batteries the gas engine will then kick in. This system will suit most American’s, as a huge number of them do not even drive 40 miles to work. Meaning that they could charge the batteries at work or at home – so in most cases the standard engine will not have to be used.
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