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Chevy Volt battery catches fire at NHTSA

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  1. Doug_G

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    Chevy Volt battery catches fire at NHTSA

    Cue the FUD...
     
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    Bloomberg:

    GM Volt Fire Prompts U.S. Probe of Lithium Batteries - Bloomberg

     
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    GreenCarReports.com's take on it:

    Third Fire Consumes A Chevy Volt Electric Car: Perspective
     
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    So they crash the car, park it in a garage without following the proper safety protocols, and to cover their own asses, they'll call for a "probe" of the safety of Li-Ion batteries. :-/
     
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    What on earth is a Model S vid doing here?

    Volt fire 3 weeks after crash test prompts safety probe - Nov. 11, 2011


    Decent comment

     
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    The real risk is putting Lithium batteries into cars which have gasoline tanks. :wink:
     
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    Tesla PR should get on CNN to have that video removed from the Volt fire article. The color of the Volt in the lead photo is similar to the Model S, and some percentage of people who glance over that article are going to get them confused.

     
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    So there's been 3 Volt fires in 7500 cars over the past year, i.e. 1:2500 chance (ignoring things like this was a crash test sample and the first was exonerated).

    Compared with 250,000 gas vehicle fires per annum out of 254 million cars in the US, i.e. 1:1000 chance.
     
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    It's all about special interests trying to make EVs look bad and ignoring that fact that they are more efficient and safer.
    If you want to talk about fires, there are so many gasoline cars that have caught fire (even police cruisers) when in an accident
     
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    Yes, but this shows that media makes a "big" deal out of a slight incident in a Volt, blows it completely out of proportion, but fails to report or sweeps under the rug a fire hazard on ICE cars
     
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