28 Nov '11, 6pm

De-powered: GM’s Chevy Volt fire begs serious questions: Shouldn’t there have always been a de-powering protocol...

De-powered: GM’s Chevy Volt fire begs serious questions Is the Volt's battery really safe? Shouldn’t there have always been a de-powering protocol? I would have no problem buying a Chevy Volt today — if it were cheaper — despite the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s formal investigation into Volt fire risk after an accident (more ). I honestly don’t believe the Volt is a serious fire risk, but I do think that GM — and perhaps all EV makers — might have missed some due diligence. But is that really cause for plug-in worries? It is well-documented that lithium-ion batteries pose thermodynamic risk, and companies like GM have spent countless hours and dollars doing almost everything possible to mitigate and contain such risk, almost everything . Still, it remains unclear whether GM should have foreseen whether or not some sort of de-powering protocol needed...

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