Chevy Volt Battery Warranty: Eight years or 100,000 miles

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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  • jim

    Volt is much better than LEAF because it has gas engine to charge the battery. It is much safe on the road drive. Every driver have the experience forgeting to turn off the light when we leave the car. If we drive the electric car and if we did not fully charge the car, nobody car help you to drive the car. Of cause, tow truck will have great business. It is no good for the consumer at all.

  • This is good news for those considering the Volt. Tesla – the only semi-volume EV to be marketed recently has only a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty standard. Tesla offers an extended warranty at extra cost. Then again, the Tesla is $100,000+. The phrasing of the warranty language will be important. Also not discussed – how will the battery replacement cost be pro-rated?

    While Nissan has not provided any warranty info on the upcoming LEAF yet, they have said that they expect battery life of 10 years, with 70-80% of capacity remaining at that point. Nissan is also evaluating alternative "second lives" for these batteries, providing energy storage for certain non-automotive applications. This should increase the value of these 10 year old batteries. These statements may provide a clue as to Nissan's battery warranty, when it is announced. Batteries are the single most expensive component of the Volt and the LEAF. It is hoped that technological improvements and manufacturing efficiencies will lower the price of replacement batteries in 10 years.

    If you have an interest in the Nissan LEAF, please visit Living LEAF is a consumer oriented, San Diego based website seeking to answer this question – Is the Nissan LEAF right for me?


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