In an unfortunate turn of events, one of the Volt test models Chevrolet sent over to the NHTSA testing facilities caught fire which, in turn, lead to a bit of an investigation.
A preliminary inquiry saw the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tell us about extra safety measures on battery powered vehicles and now we’ve got the full monty on the situation.
Well, not that much extra information was available but the American authority simply wanted to clear up the mist around the Chevrolet Volt.
After a side impact crash test, the Chevrolet Volt lied around for three weeks before it caught fire. The problem was in the chemicals used to cool the batteries.
Having gone through the whole slew of tests, the issue was certified and it is now mandatory that any battery powered car should be drained of all these potentially dangerous juices before being stored away.
Before the Chevrolet Volt breathes easy and hopes it is off the hook, the NHTSA did say that while not to be blamed for them, other crash tests came up with similarly troublesome results.
Not that it really matters, the books are done, the Volt is out on the market and enjoying quite the success with some of its customers already setting mileage records.
Their records are a long way away from what conventional cars are pushing but the Chevy Volt, much like most of the production electric car market is still in its infancy state.