The president of GM North America, Mark Reuss assures consumers “The Volt is a five-star safety car,” but there is still that small matter of the car’s lithium-ion battery pack which seems to be causing the vehicles to spontaneously burst into flames. It’s a matter of concern for some Volt owners.
MSNBC Bottom Line reports:
General Motors is offering a free GM vehicle loan to any Chevy Volt owner who is worried about the possibility of a battery fire, the company said in a statement Monday.
“Any Volt owner concerned about safety can contact his or her Volt adviser to arrange for a free GM vehicle loan until resolution of the issue,” GM said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that it had begun an investigation to gauge the risk of fire in the electric vehicle in case of a crash. It began the investigation after a Volt battery pack that was being monitored after a government crash test caught fire Thursday. GM was notified of the investigation on Friday.
Friend Don Surber has the idea of the Chevy Volt just right, though. Calling the model the “electric Edsel,” Surber notes that the car nobody wants is a bad idea all the way around.
The Volt seems to be a farce of the highest order, Surber notes.
- Even Thomas Edison couldn’t figure out how to make a useful electric car.
- The problem the Volt is aimed at “fixing” is problematic because global warming is a farce.
- Even if global warming did exist, this “fix” is bad because it uses electricity that is generated by fossil fuels anyway.
- Worse, it takes tax money from us all to give it to the rich in a $7,500 tax credit. Apparently Most buyers of the Volt make $175,000 a year.
Spot on points, for sure. I’ll add one more to the list. It turns out the Chevy Volt gets the same number of hours on a charge that an electric car created in 1896 used to get! Now THAT is progress.
Seton Motley has more on GM’s “5-star safety car”: Powering Inferno: Chevy Volt and GM Going Down In Flames – Literally:
Ok – a third Volt just recently immolated. During the requested expert testing – while it was stored in a garage at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing center.
Duke Energy officials want anyone who has a charging station to stop using it until they know the devices are safe.
Again, we don’t yet know for sure that the Volt charging stations are to blame. It may (also) be the batteries.
As GM themselves inadvertently indicated.
General Motors believes the (NHTSA) fire occurred because NHTSA did not drain the energy from the Volt’s battery following the (test) crash, which is a safety step the automaker recommends, GM spokesman Rob Peterson said.
So emergency personnel, arriving upon the scene of accidents involving a Volt, must add to their list of responsibilities – draining the stupid electric car batteries?
The fire’s cause – the battery puncture — led to questions about whether other automakers require batteries to be discharged of their energy following major crashes, the NHTSA official said. In addition, regulators are exploring protocols for who would do that – firefighters who respond first, for instance – and how quickly should they do it.
So said crisis workforce may have to prioritize draining Volt batteries above other things – like saving victims’ lives.
Emergency personnel may have to save drivers and passengers from their car batteries – before they save them from their injuries.
If they are able to do so before the batteries burst into flames.