2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt rear 3/4 view

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt rear 3/4 view

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt side view

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt rear view

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt front view

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt grille

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt headlight

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt fog light

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt badge

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt side mirror

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt wheel

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt taillight

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt badge

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt badge

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging port

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging port

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging converter

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging converter

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt engine

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt engine

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt engine

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt engine detail

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt interior

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt front seats

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt gauge cluster

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt gauge cluster

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt gauge cluster

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt gauge cluster

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt instrument panel

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging info

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging info

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging info

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging info

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt audio controls

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt power button

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt seat detail

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt door panel

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt door panel

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt charging port button

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt rear seats

2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt rear cargo area

In the aftermath of a Chevrolet Volt catching fire at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration test facility, NHTSA may move to require electric vehicle batteries to be drained after major wrecks. The Detroit Free Press reports that the agency is contemplating issuing a ruling, but a decision has yet to be made.

General Motors' position on the fire is that the battery should have been drained after NHTSA crash-tested the car, a preventative measure the automaker says it recommends.

NHTSA's inquiry involves other carmakers who use lithium-ion battery packs, not just GM. According to the report, the agency is reviewing the automaker's responses, which likely pertain to the feasibility of requiring first-responders to drain battery packs. The Detroit Free Press says GM must currently deploy a team to drain Volt batteries, though a GM spokesman says a tool to drain batteries may become available to dealerships next year.

The safety of electric vehicle batteries and the unique dangers they pose to first responders have been an ongoing concern since the first hybrids hit the market over a decade ago. The market's shift toward lithium-ion batteries and an increase in the size of battery packs have only drawn the issue into starker focus.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • From Our Partners

    Share This Photo X