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The 2011 Chevy Volt at CES 2010

The Volt's warranty matches that of industry leader Toyota's Prius warranty in most states.  (Source: GM)

The Volt undergoes shake testing.  (Source: GM)
Claims that the competitors don't come close

IPads, laptops, or cell phones typically come with at best a one-year battery warranty.  The Tesla Roadster comes with a three-year, 36,000 mile warranty.  However, GM is going to offer and unprecedented eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on the advanced lithium-ion battery found in its upcoming 2011 Chevy Volt electric vehicle.

The Volt will launch later this year, priced somewhere north of $40,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.  Initial launch markets will include Michigan, California and Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, and New York City (New Jersey, Connecticut and the rest of Texas will received Volts in early 2011).  

GM's Volt Battery packs have seen vigorous testing, including 1 million miles total miles of road tests and 4 million hours of validation testing.  They have also been subjected to an array of tests including corrosion, impact, water submersion, short circuit, crush and penetration, dust and extreme temperature changes.  Aggressive drive cycles, also known as "Shake, Bake, and Roll", were also tested.  The battery can reportedly withstand temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Vice Chairman of Global Product Operations Tom Stephens says that the warranty -- three years longer than the standard GM powertrain warranty -- is a sign of the company's satisfaction with its finished product.  He states, "This is really a major statement of our confidence."

The warranty covers all 161 battery components, 95 percent of which are designed and engineered by GM, plus the vehicle's thermal management system, its electric drive system, and its charging system.  The

The 100k warranty is similar to the 100k mile warranty offered with the Toyota Prius.  Much like the Prius, whose warranty is bumped to 150k in California to meet California's Air Resources Board's standards, the Volt may receive an even longer warranty in California and other states that have adopted its standards.  California Air Resources Board has not yet specified what warranty GM would need to score partial zero-emission vehicle credits.

Other competitors also offer similar warranties -- the Honda Insight comes with a 100k, eight-year warranty (10-year, 150k in California) and the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids come with an eight-year 100k warranty, as well.  However, the battery packs used in those hybrids are nowhere near as large as the one used in the Volt. Nissan so far has announced no warranty yet on its 2011 Nissan Leaf EV vehicle.

The Volt gets 40 miles on a fully charged battery under ideal conditions.  However, this can dip lower in hot or cold weather.  The gas engine should provide a steady 300 mile range, under almost any weather condition, when the tank is full.  GM initially plans to produce 10,000 Volts in 2010, bumping production to as many as 30,000 in 2011.

GM has scored $241 million in federal grants, including $106 million for its new battery pack assembly factory, to help with the cost of developing its electric vehicles.

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RE: Did they?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/15/2010 11:08:18 AM , Rating: 1
Imports aren't ran by their governments though. GM can afford to offer any warranty it wants, the taxpayers will just foot the bill.

I'm not impressed. Nothing they do will impress or please me again. GM is dead to me. They sell fools gold.

RE: Did they?
By Kombaji on 7/15/2010 11:50:45 AM , Rating: 2
GM isn't RAN by the government. They are owned by the government. If they were run by the government, the Volt would not be coming out for another three years and would cost $120K.

RE: Did they?
By tastyratz on 7/15/2010 12:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
Great idea, I can see it now.

Dailytech article 8 years from now:
"GM Asks for bailout after honoring extensive poorly thought out battery warranty. Owners average 3 times per car bankrupts the corporation"

RE: Did they?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/15/2010 2:11:58 PM , Rating: 2
GM isn't RAN by the government. They are owned by the government.

You're trying to make a distinction where one barely exists. The administration effectively fired one CEO and hand picked another. If that's not enough intervention for you, I don't know what is.

This is what happens when big business marries big government. It's not pretty, and it's not good for us.

RE: Did they?
By wiz220 on 7/15/10, Rating: 0
RE: Did they?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/15/2010 6:10:17 PM , Rating: 2
There is no "good" way to bail out private business with the public's money. It shouldn't have been done, plain and simple. It's legally, ethically, and Constitutionally wrong at every turn.

the government has not been involved in day to day operations.

Right. Suddenly the king of truck and SUV manufacturers, soon after taking Government money, sinks their entire future into an electric/hybrid car and kills off several SUV brands etc etc. I'm sure it was just a big coincidence that they just so happened to shift their entire operation to support the Presidents agenda. Right after taking the money and having the Administration pick their CEO... Right. You believe that? Just because Obama himself isn't working on the assembly lines doesn't mean the "day to day" operation hasn't been dictated to them.

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