Federal authorities investigating Chevy Volt that caught on fire weeks after crash test
The federal government is investigating the safety of General Motors' Chevrolet Volt and other cars with lithium batteries, according to a Bloomberg report today that has seized the attention of the auto industry.
That incident prompted federal inquiries and sparked fears among alternative propulsion advocates that consumers will get a negative impression of electric vehicles.
The Volt, using a 400-pound battery pack, can travel about 35 miles on a single charge of electricity before a gasoline engine kicks in and recharges the car's batteries.
Several news entities reported that GM responded to the Bloomberg report by asserting that the fire would not have occurred had federal officials followed proper safety procedures after the crash test.