Chevy Volt Doubles As Campfire
battery was determined to be the cause (of fires), after its coolant
line was ruptured during the side-impact test. That led the NHTSA to consider a ruling forcing hybrid and electric-car batteries to be drained after a wreck.”
By Dell Hill
Chevy Volt Owners - Listen up. (all six of you)
“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a statement on its investigation into a Chevrolet Volt
fire that occurred at the organization's facilities. NHTSA had done a
side-impact test on a Volt then parked it outside, and three weeks later Chevy's plug-in hybrid caught fire. The battery was determined to be the cause, after its coolant line was ruptured during the side-impact test. That led the NHTSA to consider a ruling forcing hybrid and electric-car batteries to be drained after a wreck.
Friday, NHTSA said it is opening "a formal safety defect investigation"
to study the risks of fire in Chevy Volts that have been in major
accidents. To be clear, though, the larger story is that this isn't just
about the Volt, this is about any vehicle with a battery pack, with
NHTSA gathering "additional information about the potential for fire in
electric vehicles involved in a crash...."
conducted three more tests on the Volt's battery packs over three days,
each test involving damaging the pack and rotating the car to simulate
an accident and rollover. The battery pack in the third test began to
smoke and spark almost immediately, the pack in the second test caught
fire a week later. It is due to these results that the formal
investigation has been opened.”