General Motors is throwing its weight behind the Chevrolet Volt’s battery system by offering an 8-year, 100,000 mile warranty on the battery pack.
Many potential consumers have expressed reservations about the longevity and durability of electric vehicle batteries, which can be extremely expensive to replace and are a relatively new technology that hasn’t seen widespread adoption. In addition to these factors, the battery’s ability to fully charge is diminished over time with each charge and discharge cycle.
The warranty represents General Motors’ efforts to soothe consumer concerns over the potential battery pack issues. The Volt is a crucial product for GM, and a poor market reception could be disastrous for the company, as well as future alternative vehicle projects.
[Source: Consumer Reports]