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.
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”.
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.
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.