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USA: vehicle safety to be discussed

Auto companies, battery makers and government officials will examine the safety of electric vehicles at a May 18 symposium organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The agency, which is studying the safety, performance and durability of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, announced the Washington, D.C., event this week on a government website.

The presenters will include NHTSA, the Department of Energy, automakers and battery companies.

The event comes after scrutiny of vehicles such as General Motors’ extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt, which drew a NHTSA investigation after a fire three weeks after a May 2011 crash test.

The government, which did not follow standard safety protocols laid out by GM, later determined that the Volt was safe to drive.


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