Chevrolet Volt gets 8-year/100,000 mile warranty for its battery pack, won't be rated at 230 MPG |

General Motors has just revealed a few more details about the new Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle.

It seems that the car, when it will appear on select markets at the end of the year, will boast an 8-year/100,000 mile warranty for its battery pack.

This isn’t from the generosity of the GM’s heart though, as the EPA considers the battery pack, which powers the electric motors, to be part of an emissions control system, just like its range-extending 1.4-liter gasoline engine. As such, it must endure the same warranty as a catalytic converter, for example.

Still, GM is confident that the battery pack will serve its purpose well. In the final car, it will weigh 400 pounds and output around 110 kilowatts. Almost all of its components are built by GM, so the company has control over its price.

Volt fanboys will be disappointed though, as the EPA has announced that it will test the car’s fuel average once more, with a new set of standards. As you may remember, using preliminary standards for extended-range electric vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt was rated at a whopping 230 mpg a few years ago.

Expect the Chevrolet Volt to arrive at the end of the year in select territories across the US, and later on, in 2011, in other parts of the world.

Source: Autoblog

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