Third Chevrolet Volt fire could bring about new EV regulations
TorqueNews had a chance to speak with Rob Peterson of General Motors who confirmed that the Chevrolet Volt "involved" in the two residential fires were burned in the fire but the Fire Marshalls in both cases ruled that the Volt was not at fault for the fires themselves. That being said, it was merely a coincidence that the cars which caught fire in those garages were Volts.
The most recent issue occurred when a 2011 Chevrolet Volt that had been used for crash testing caught fire while sitting in an NHTSA overflow lot – three weeks after the car had been wrecked during testing. The concern by the NHTSA is that when these lithium ion batteries are damaged in an accident, there is an increased risk of fire hazards to the first responders who arrive to assist with the accident along with those who handle the vehicle after the wreck, such as tow truck drivers and owners of the salvage yards where these wrecked EVs are sent.