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USA: US says GM’s electric Volt is safe

WASHINGTON — US auto safety regulators declared General Motors’s electric Chevy Volt safe on Friday after months of investigation into the risk of post-crash fires in its lithium battery.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that its tests concluded that “no discernible defect trend exists” in the Volt, the company’s main entrant in the market for plug-in electrics.

In addition, it said, recent modifications to the car by GM will reduce the chance that the battery will be damaged in side impacts.

“Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles,” the agency said.

“NHTSA remains unaware of any real-world crashes that have resulted in a battery-related fire involving the Chevy Volt or any other electric vehicle,” it said.



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