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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Three Weeks Later You Say??....

So it looks like "Our" car company has a big ass loser lemon on its's hands....

A Chevy Volt that was used in crash tests caught fire ...three, count 'em THREE weeks later?

Boy oh boy that is a nice check mark in the WTF? column now isn't it?

I'm not gonna rush out an buy one of these boondoggles.......

The NHTSA announced earlier this year that they were launching an investigation into the lithium ion batteries found in the newest electric and hybrid vehicles, as with such high levels stored energy there could be an increased risk of fire and this concern was stoked recently when a 2011 Chevrolet Volt burst into flames while in the care of the NHTSA. However, there is an interesting twist in this story as the Volt in question had been used for a violent side impact crash test some three weeks earlier. This means that it wasn’t as though the Volt was being driven around and it caught fire, nor was it being charged when it caught fire but instead, the car was sitting (badly wrecked) in a storage lot in Wisconsin when the car caught fire.
Prior to this latest incident, there were two other occurrences of a 2011 Chevrolet Volt catching fire with the first one involving a questionably homemade EV parked in the same garage while the most recent occurrence in North Carolina is currently under investigation. That second fire has been very hush-hush as GM and Siemens (who provided the high speed aftermarket charger involved in the NC fire) have planned to meet with local authorities and the electric company sponsoring the electric vehicle testing programs in that region.


 President Barack Obama’s goal of putting 1 million electricvehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 is part of his strategy to reduce dependence on foreign oil.


  1. The Top Gear film about communist cars comes to mind: http://youtu.be/EK5dRHI02hw


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