Bat­tery in Chevy Volt hy­brid to carry 8-year GM war­ranty

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCE -

Gen­eral Mo­tors Co. is guar­an­tee­ing the bat­tery in its Chevro­let Volt elec­tric hy­brid car for eight years or 100,000 miles in an ef­fort to in­spire con­fi­dence in the new technology. The guar­an­tee is bet­ter than war­ranties on GM’s con­ven­tional car en­gines and trans­mis­sions, which are for five years or 100,000 miles.

The recharge­able Volt is due in show­rooms this Novem­ber. The ve­hi­cle can travel 40 miles on bat­tery power be­fore a small gaso­line en­gine takes over to gen­er­ate power so the car can go longer dis­tances. The Volt is ex­pected to be priced near $35,000 but will prob­a­bly cost less af­ter fed­eral tax cred­its. A longer war­ranty might help GM as it tries to per­suade con­sumers to adopt the new lithium-ion bat­tery technology.

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