Probe is on, after a Chevrolet Volt battery caught fire several weeks after the car was tested by a testing agency. Federal safety officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will conduct an investigation to decide whether Chevrolet’s Volt plug-in hybrid sedan batteries are prone to fire.
Agency officials have concluded that the crash damaged the car’s batteries as a result of which, they later caught fire. However, they don’t believe that electric cars are more prone to the risk of fire than gasoline powered cars.
Nevertheless, NHTSA will conduct further tests to reduce the risk of fire in electric cars with the help of automakers.
The Chevrolet Volt runs on batteries for the first 40 miles. When the batteries run low, it switches over to a gasoline engine which powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle’s range.
There are several other electric cars in line for release which include the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster. All cars are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.