Four Chevrolet Volts Torched By Jerk Arsonist In Novato, California3
It appears someone in San Francisco Bay Area has issue with the first-generation Chevrolet Volt, as four of Chevrolet’s EREVs were torched last night at a Chevy dealership in Novato, California.
Police and fire crews were called on scene at 11:30pm last night to reports of a brush fire in the vicinity, but they got a little more than they bargained for when they spotted the Volts up in flames. Fortunately no one was injured and fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the flaming Volts.
Police initially believed the vehicle fires were caused by the nearby brush fire but further investigative work has now led them to believe an arsonist purposefully set fire to the vehicles at Novato Chevrolet on 7123 Redwood Dr.
It appears two Volts were melted like marshmallows and are surely beyond repair, while the other two may be able to be salvaged depending on the extent of the damage.
For more on the flame-engulfed Volts, take a look at the SF Gate news report below.
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“According to The Detroit Free Press, Chevy dealers had about 6,000 2015 Volts on their lots at the end of April, more than twice the amount of Volts the automaker sold in the first four months of 2015. An enticing 39-month lease at $299 per month and $1,649 due at signing is currently being offered on 2015 Volts, but the majority of owners would still rather wait for the new model to arrive.”
The perp must’ve been pretty unhappy with that enticing lease offer. He looks pretty sketchy – they nabbed him already.
Or maybe it was a Joe Pesci/Goodfellas thing – burn ’em, collect the insurance money, ba-da-bing. Wonder how they safely dispose of those toxic Volt remains?
You damage your credibility more than anyone else here could.
GM is not going to burn the cars also the dealer will not either as they can turn them back to GM,.
As for disposal I assume you missed all the media coverage when the cars came out GM had. It covered accidents and disposal of the cars batteries. There were processes in place before the car came out.
The real issue is cars like this including the Leaf and even the Prius is that they are technology bases much like an I phone. Unless someone is shopping for the deal they will wait or pay more for the latest as technology in these cars equals longer ranges or more MPG. it is the nature of the market.
This will be a tricky part of this segment also as will be the used car market as why buy an old none that is mostly used up too?
Who ever burned these did not even do a very good job base on the photo. The one could easily be repaired.
Only the Volt’s plastic parts of the bumper and rear end were on fire. Since the battery and the small 9-gallon fuel tank are placed safely below the floor and near the rear seat, they didn’t catch fire and become “fuel” as all regular gas engine cars would. Two of the Volts are repairable. But two are salvage, yet the front ends are still intact.
This kills the famous “Volt battery fire” since the arsonist didn’t burn that part!