A Bloomberg report has put the Chevrolet Volt under the spotlight yet again, this time thanks to a particular model catching fire. The lithium-ion battery-powered Volt in question was a test subject of the NHTSA, and engulfed in flames three weeks after a side-impact crash test, according to an agency official.
Investigators have determined that the Volt’s battery pack was the cause of the combustion, which was large enough to damage vehicles nearby. However, this isn’t the first time a Volt was involved in a fire incident.
Mind you, if the Volt was involved in a major crash in the real world, three weeks should be plenty of time for first responders to rescue anyone unable to exit the car on their own. And before pundits go on to criticize the alleged flammability of the Chevy Volt, they should first remember that gasoline is pretty flammable, too.
For GM’s official word on the matter, check the press release below.