After nearly two month’s worth of unwarranted bad press, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come forward with the results of its Chevy Volt investigation. The verdict: “Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles.”
From what we gather, the NHTSA crash tested its Chevy Volt, and left the totaled vehicle to sit in a lot, where it spontaneously combusted into flames a full two weeks after the crash. And as far as we know, NHTSA didn’t kill the power of the Volt, as first responders are trained to do. If this was a real world situation, first responders wouldn’t take two weeks to arrive to the scene of the crash, and they would properly kill the battery power as taught. Now, let’s stop and think about the car fires we hear about on the side of the road regarding standard ICE vehicles. Is the Volt really as dangerous and unsafe as the general media would like us to believe? Hardly.
In any regard, GM — after offering buybacks and loaner vehicles for concerned Volt owners — is retrofitting the nearly 8,000 Volts that have so far been sold with several reinforcements and a sensor to detect coolant leaks, which was found to be the culprit of the fire. What’s more, Congress isn’t satisfied, and have called upon General Motors CEO Dan Akerson and NHTSA head David Strickland to face a House panel in a few days to gather information about the timeline of the investigation. Congress, and all of their wisdom, also declared pizza a vegetable, and passed the NDAA.