You can tell the strength of a product by the strength of its warranty. Eco-friendly vehicles are a new product, and I’m guessing one that will stick around awhile, which means that strong warranties are a faith effort on the part of the vehicle manufacturers. In GMs case, it’s a huge move and could very well set a precedent for future EV manufacturers.
But we’re not talking about some ordinary warranty here. We’re talking about a real extraordinary warranty. Eight years or 100,000 miles, to be exact.
Now understand that this warranty is on the battery, not the car. Specifically, the warranty covers the Chevy Volt battery pack. Not long ago GM announced the roll out plans for the 2011 Chevy Volt. They’re due to hit the streets in Texas and New York by the end of this year. The warranty on the Volt battery is just icing on the cake.
Considering the life expectancy of most vehicles on the road today, an eight year-100,000 mile warranty is pretty impressive. That begs the question: Will these type of battery warranties be commonplace five years from now? Let’s hope so.