Chevrolet offers the most comprehensive warranty for an electric car's battery pack yet

The Chevrolet Volt’s battery pack will come with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, the company has confirmed.

Chevrolet claims this is the longest warranty ever offered on an electric car’s battery pack.

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The warranty, available to US customers when the Volt reaches showrooms later this year, will cover all 161 of the lithium-ion battery pack’s components.

General Motors’ executive director of global electric systems said the Volt’s battery pack has already “exceeded our performance targets and is ready to hit the road”.

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Micky Bly added he hoped the warranty would attract customers to the Volt’s range-extender hybrid technology and would “help reduce dependence on petroleum”.

Pre-production of the Volt started in January and the firm has now completed more than one million miles and four million hours of testing of it and its various components.

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The Volt will be sold in the UK from 2012, while Vauxhall’s own version of the Volt, the Ampera, is expected to launch in the same year.

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The handsome Volt uses a petrol engine to charge the car's battery once it is flat

The Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range vehicle with an electric motor and a 1.4-litre petrol engine, and it makes the electric car viable for the masses

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16 July 2010

I think they work it out on a duty cycle basis, it should last 8 years. But unlike a combustion engine after 8 years which will just have worn a tiny bit. the battery packs will be dead after 8 years. If i had a 7 year old volt, i would take it for a big European road trip trying to kill off the batteries before it got to its 8th birthday.

Thinking more on it, instead of that there could just be "battery overtime" workshops in towns where you can take your volt, they take out the battery pack and while its with them they put it through a self destruct programmed sequence.

So perhaps these cars, like computers etc. will have a seal on them, warranty is completely void if opened. and the battery is declared a non serviceable part...

16 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Chevrolet claims this is the longest warranty ever offered on an electric car’s battery pack.[/quote] Mark 2 Prius had an 8 year warranty on the hybrid drivetrain. Am assuming Mark 3 has similar warranty.

16 July 2010

Will GM be around in eight years ?

16 July 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]Will GM be around in eight years ?[/quote] If they're making the kind of cars they're making now, then hopefully not.

17 July 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2][quote Uncle Mellow]Will GM be around in eight years ?[/quote] If they're making the kind of cars they're making now, then hopefully not.[/quote]

I think GM now have the most desirable lineup they've had in 40 years... but then I'm weird like that. Part of me really hankers after a Caddy CTS-V. I also adore the new Camaro.

18 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]I think GM now have the most desirable lineup they've had in 40 years[/quote]

Olds and Pontiac are gone ( so no new Firebird). Cadillac are struggling , Buick are selling badge-engineered Opels ( as are Vauxhall) and Chevy have the Volt and the Vette and some Daewoos - and the pastiche Camaro.

18 July 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]Olds and Pontiac are gone ( so no new Firebird). Cadillac are struggling , Buick are selling badge-engineered Opels ( as are Vauxhall) and Chevy have the Volt and the Vette and some Daewoos - and the pastiche Camaro. [/quote] You forgot Saturn also being gone... Nothing wrong with "badge engineered Opels" - the current European line-up is mostly quite good looking (though I don't like the Insignia) and are at least middle of the pack or better in terms of quality, ownership etc. Now, as you quite rightly point out the North American line-up is terrible. The Aveo and Cobalt are dreadful, the Malibu is based on the Vectra, the Impala is a joke, the CTS is based on an old Saab/Vectra design and generally they're well behind the competition in everything but price. The only GM built vehicle I can imagine myself buying in North America would be a truck. In Europe I'd be happy with an Agila, Meriva, Astra and I'd accept without undue hardship an Insignia or Corsa.

18 July 2010

[quote theonlydt]though I don't like the Insignia) [/quote]

Wouldn't touch a 21st Century Opel , but the Insignia LOOKS fantastic.

18 July 2010

[quote theonlydt]the CTS is based on an old Saab/Vectra design[/quote]

Not true. You're thinking of the BLS - the CTS is based on the Cadillac-only Sigma platform, which is itself a tweaked version of the Zeta platform (Holden Commodore, Vauxhall VXR8, Pontiac G8, etc).

[quote theonlydt]The only GM built vehicle I can imagine myself buying in North America would be a truck. In Europe I'd be happy with an Agila, Meriva, Astra and I'd accept without undue hardship an Insignia or Corsa.[/quote]

The GM trucks aren't great - and Buick are bringing the Insignia (and, IIRC, the Astra) to the US. In addition to that, there's a long-wheelbase Insignia saloon with a bigger boot and a total restyle. Chevy are also going to bring the Holden Commodore to the US - I can't remember what it was going to be called, though. Initially it'll be police-only, but after they've used the police as test drivers (cheapskates!) it's strongly rumoured they'll let it loose on the general public.

Don't write GM off yet. They're not done - and they could, given time and inspiration (of which they have shown plenty of late) turn themselves into the enthusiasts' VW, a very large carmaker making some truly competent and even desirable kit.

19 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]The GM trucks aren't great - and Buick are bringing the Insignia (and, IIRC, the Astra) to the US. In addition to that, there's a long-wheelbase Insignia saloon with a bigger boot and a total restyle.[/quote] You've driven the trucks have you? The Sierra/Silverado and Canyon/Colarado (the second two aren't as great). The Sierra/Silverado are still selling well and yet are due for replacement anytime soon - they're not bad.

Yes, we all know Buick are getting the Astra and Insignia. I had said that I don't see a problem with that. Nor that the Lacrosse replacement will be based on the Insignia platform. Right now none of those products are in the North American line-up and when they do arrive they'll be too expensive compared to the Japanese and Ford competition - as Buick is a "premium" maker in GM's reckoning.

You are indeed right that I'm thinking of the BLS, that is still on sale, being based on the Vectra based 9-3.

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