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Why does the Tesla Model S catch fire in crashes but not Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf? | Torque News

The media is now asking why the Tesla Model S is making headlines about fires after crashes when much higher selling EVs are not.
Tesla has been receiving a lot of unwanted attention lately because the Model S super sedan has had three fires in the past couple of months. Our coverage has been careful to point out that we do not think the vehicle is unsafe, or that the vehicle is more likely to catch fire than an internal combustion vehicle. However, there is one new question some are asking. That is “Why are the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf not catching fire after crashes, but three Tesla Model S cars have?”
In the three years since its inception, Chevy has sold more than 50,000 Volts in the US. According to Pam Fletcher, GM’s Electrified Vehicles Engineering Chief, that adds up to about 300 million miles driven. She was recently asked if Chevy could offer the folks at Tesla any help. Please see video below. Regardless of what metric one chooses, the Chevy has about 3 times the amount of cars or miles driven than does the Tesla. Yet, in all that time nobody has ever caught one with its battery packs burning in a crash, or in a spontaneous event. The Volt did make news after the battery pack caught fire after a crash test. However, it was literally weeks after the test while the destroyed vehicle was in storage. A government investigation, as well as internal GM investigation led to some strengthening of the battery support compartment.
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