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Jul 142010

The Volt is expected to have a range of about 340 miles. (Photo: GM)

From Green Right Now Reports

Chevrolet said it will offer a standard, eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on the new Volt electric vehicle’s lithium-ion battery. The automaker said it will be the industry’s longest, most comprehensive battery warranty for an electric vehicle, and is transferable at no cost to other vehicle owners.

GM officials said the Volt’s battery warranty will cover all 161 battery components, 95 percent of which are designed and engineered by GM, in addition to the thermal management system, charging system and electric drive components.

The Volt, which will arrive in dealerships before the end of the year, has a range of about 340 miles and is powered with electricity at all times. For up to the first 40 miles, the Volt is powered solely by electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, using no fuel and producing no emissions. When the Volt’s lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator will engage to extend the driving range another 300 miles on a full tank of fuel.

GM said its engineers have completed more than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation testing of Volt battery packs since 2007, as well as each pack’s nine modules and 288 cells. The development, validation and test teams have met thousands of specifications and validated each of the Volt battery’s components.

GM’s Brownstown Township plant, which began building prototype batteries in January, is expected to soon begin regular battery production.

“We’re moving fast to deliver for the customer and ensure the Volt launch stays on track,” Nancy Laubenthal, plant manager of the Brownstown Battery Plant, said in a statement. “Last August we announced the investment in the Brownstown facility and in January built our first completed battery pack. Now we are finishing pre-production batteries and soon we will begin building production batteries for Chevrolet Volts that will be delivered to dealers before the end of the year.”

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