DETROIT (AP) - General Motors Co. is guaranteeing the battery in its ChevroletVolt electric car for eight years or 100,000 miles in an effort toinspire confidence in the new technology.
The guarantee is better than warranties on GM's conventional carengines and transmissions, which run for five years or 100,000miles.
The rechargeable Volt is due in showrooms this November. Thevehicle can travel 40 miles on battery power before a smallgasoline engine takes over to power the car for longerdistances.
A longer warranty will help GM convince skeptical buyers thatthe Volt's lithium-ion battery will last for many years. Thebatteries are similar to the chemical composition of cell phone andcomputer batteries, which often wear out and are relativelyexpensive to replace. The Volt battery weighs 400 pounds and cancost thousands of dollars to replace.
Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, Californiaand Washington, D.C., will be the first locations where the Voltwill go on sale, GM CEO Ed Whitacre said earlier this month. Theautomaker plans to produce 10,000 Volts by the end of the 2011calendar year and an additional 30,000 in 2012.
A GM official said last month it was still working out computersoftware issues in the Volt, mainly in areas that monitor the car'scomplex electric power system.
The Volt is expected to cost around $35,000, though officialpricing hasn't been announced yet. That price will be lower afterfederal tax credits for electric cars.
Other automakers are rolling out electric cars. Shortly afterthe Volt goes on sale, Nissan Motor Co. will begin selling theLeaf, which the company says will get up to 100 miles on a singlecharge. The Leaf will not have a gasoline engine, but will becheaper than the Volt.
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