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General Motors released another juicy tidbit Wednesday about its Chevy Volt electric car due later this year. The car maker will guarantee the Volt’s battery for eight years or 100,000 miles, which provides assurance that the car’s battery is reliable– a chief concern in electric cars as replacing the battery can be costly.

The Volt’s battery weighs 400 pounds and can set back an owner by thousands of dollars if it fails.

The Volt is expected to cost around $35,000 says The Associated Press but no official price has been announced.

We’re watching the Volt because its high technology isn’t limited to its electrical system. It will offer remote control via a smartphone over features like remote start, unlocking doors and displaying how much juice is left in the battery. The remote technology used is from OnStar. The phones that double as remote transmitters include the BlackBerry, iPhone, and Motorola Droid.

More on the Volt: It will first launch in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, California and Washington, D.C., and 10,000 Volts will be produced by the end of calendar 2011 plus an additional 30,000 in 2012.

The Volt can run 40 miles on a single charge and then it switches to gas consumption. It plugs into a standard 120v household outlet and charges in about 8 hours.

For some other car news, check out this photo essay from Time magazine.

Source: AP via Yahoo! News

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