A while back we came to know about Chevrolet Volt hybrid car catching fire three weeks after routine crash tests. US federal authorities immediately started investing the matter to figure out the loop holes in handling and safety of lithium ion batteries.
The agency NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) questioned each of the leading electric vehicle manufacturers to put in their suggestion to further mitigate such risks. In defense, General Motors quickly responded saying Volt is a safe car but now the latest news is that the Chevrolet is going to redesign the battery pack.
image- Chevrolet Volt
Alongside the company is cooperating with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its investigation and also reassures its 6400 Volt owners.
Although the company is quite confident about its battery, CEO Dan Ackerson announced that it will redesign the battery pack of Chevrolet Volt and will buy back Volts from owners concerned that the car might catch fire and will also recall the cars to carry out necessary repairs and modifications.
Ackerson said, “If we find that is the solution, we will retrofit every one of them,”
He added “We just want make sure that there are protocols post-crash. We want to make sure all the Ts are crossed, the Is are dotted, and no one has any question about the car long-term.”
According to NHTSA safety score the Volt gets an overall five star rating and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a top safety car but now that the question has been raised, we are sure GM will come up with the best possible solution.
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