Federal safety regulators has announced, on Friday, the opening of “a formal safety defect investigation” into Chevrolet Volt due to an important fire risk that may be caused by electric car’s battery.
Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle by General Motors with two sources of energy. One is an electric source i.e. battery, that allows to drive for about 35 miles and the other is onboard gas generator that allows it to drive for about 375 miles.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating the car for months focusing on the vehicle’s lithium ion batteries. The administration said,
“The agency is concerned that damage to the Volt’s batteries as part of three tests that are explicitly designed to replicate real-world crash scenarios have resulted in fire. NHTSA is therefore opening a safety defect investigation of Chevy Volts, which could experience a battery-related fire following a crash.”
GM spokesman Greg Martin said, the Volt battery pack has been subjected to almost 300,000 safety tests but was unable to duplicate the fire. “First and foremost, I want to make this very clear: The Volt is a safe car,” Jim Federico, GM chief engineer for electric vehicles, said two weeks ago in a statement. “We are working cooperatively with NHTSA as it completes its investigation.”