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-WASHINGTON -- The government is investigating new fires involving the lithium-ion batteries in General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt to assess the fire
risk in the electric car after a serious crash.-
I'll give them the benefit of the doubt
-So far, no fires have been reported in Volts involved in roadway crashes, NHTSA said. More than 5,000 of the vehicles have been sold.-
Not off to a good start
-NHTSA learned of a possible fire risk involving damaged Volt batteries when a fire erupted in a Volt that was being stored in a parking lot of a test
facility in Burlington, Wis. The fire was severe enough to cause several other vehicles parked nearby to catch fire as well.-
-The first battery tested last week didn't catch fire. But a battery test on Nov. 17 initially experienced a temporary temperature increase, and on
Thursday caught fire while being monitored. Another battery tested on Nov. 18, which was rotated 180 degrees within hours after the test, began to
smoke and emit sparks shortly after the rotation.-
Although still doesn't sound good
-Incorrectly packaged, damaged or overheated batteries can catch fire, the FAA said. Fires involving lithium-ion batteries can reach 1,100 degrees,
close to the melting point of aluminum, a key material in airplane construction. Lithium-metal battery fires are far hotter, capable of reaching 4,000
-Electric vehicles are critical to President Barack Obama's plans to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. He has called for putting 1 million of the
vehicles on the road by 2015.-
So...what about foreign lithium?!
i'm happy for now after this news that they put Hydrogen powered vehicles on the back burner!
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This should help the sales and I bet this will make insurance price nice for the average driver!
edit on 26-11-2011 by Corruptedstructure
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