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Jul 26

New Battery Warranty for Chevy Volt Owners

Posted in Electric Cars | Energy Industry | Transportation

Chevy Volt Battery The Chevrolet Volt is giving its extended range electric vehicle customers a great deal with an eight year/100,000 mile (whichever comes first) warranty for its lithium-ion battery. The battery pack has some 161 components, nine modules and 288 cells. The warranty is offering coverage for all the parts. The battery is basically made up of Chem. cells by LG but almost 95% of other battery components have been designed and are manufactured by GM. The thermal management system, electric drive system and the charging system also come under the warranty coverage.

Essential warranty features:

As per the standard warranty, the Volt is capable of operating in diverse climates – from low -13 °F to a high of 122 °F and driving conditions; a fully charged battery over a range of 340 miles a fuel tank supplementing the lithium-ion battery. Monitoring is done for optimal battery functioning – safely, smoothly and continuously.

Various tests including “Shake, Bake and Roll:”

The battery had undergone quite a few tests like for corrosion, impact, water submersion, crush and penetration and swings in temperature from one end to other end of the spectrum and the special “Shake, Bake and Roll” drive cycles. There are some thousands of tests and conditions met by the team in developing and validating the batteries.

Setting a precedent:

Validation has been done by the engineers for over one million hours of testing for each of the battery components. The warranty clauses look so good and attractive that almost all the other manufacturers would have to offer competitive deals to attract customers.

Changing over from petroleum dependency:

As Micky Bly, Executive Director, GM Global Electrical Systems puts it, “Our customers are making a commitment to technology that will help reduce our dependence on petroleum. In turn, we are making a commitment to our customers to deliver the highest standards for value, safety, quality, performance and reliability for an unprecedented eight years/100,000 miles”.

Bright future for EV/PHEV users:

This warranty from GM is greatly encouraging for the EV/PHEV users as much as the Nissan’s effort at fixing the price for EVs/PHEVs at a low point that will hopefully result in more people opting for EV/PHEV in the future. Especially if these vehicles keep up performances level with the promises meted out by the manufacturers, more people will gladly become EV/PHEV users.

  • Anon E. Mouse

    “capable of operating in diverse climates – from low -13 °F to a high of 122 °F ” – this might be ok for California and Florida, but is not good for the Northern States and Canada where it commonly gets to -30 °F and even much colder than that.

  • Bruce Bremer

    Range, reliability, price, and ease of use is what will ultimately make or break the EV market. However, if one’s carbon footprint is a deciding factor, the prospective buyer will need to know the source of the grid’s electricity. If it is coal, you’ve succeeded in only substituting one source of pollution for another.

    Here is a link to a video clip I used in my class recently on Toshiba’s new Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB):

    The battery is scalable well beyond the realm of laptop battery. SCiB’s could become the battery of choice for EVs.

  • Ted Sumrall

    Isn’t GM the same bunch of clowns “Who Killed the Electric Vehicle”?

  • Jim Van Damme

    “Isn’t GM the same bunch of clowns ‘Who Killed the Electric Vehicle’?” No, this is Obama Motors, they run by politics, not by market forces or technology.

  • Bernd Strominger

    So I think an eight year old or 100,000 km warranty very well. Maybe this helps the heel of the vehicles is increased significantly and the market is growing faster.

    Regards from Hamburg ( Germany )

  • Jim Richard

    I have yet to see any body talking about the resale value of these EV’s as the expiry dates approach on the warranties. I know of a hybrid Chevy half ton truck that recently had to pay $17,000 for a battery replacement and a local politician is on his third battery set in his less than a 3 yr old Prius ( on warranty). Who is going to buy a used EV once the life has expired on the battery set? When people do life cycle costs, no one seems to take this into account and the EV is worth zero in just a few years to the first owner on resale. The next owner will need a very discounted price to take into account buying new battery pack with next to no warranty going forward. You can save gasoline or you can save money but you won’t do both! a $30,000 Ev depreciating 80-90% in 8 yrs will not cover the gasoline fuel savings. Thats why the new diesels will gain market share in North America as has happened in Europe.

  • bluecandy_zingko

    Running low on battery charge can be a pain, especially if you drive an automatic vehicle. If you’re driving stick-shift, you can easily jumpstart or push-start the car as long as the battery still has a little charge. Once the car has been jumpstarted, the alternator will then do its role in supplying power and recharging the battery.

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