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It's too early in the investigation to know if changes are needed

The Chevrolet Volt is the first and only extended range EV on the U.S. market today. The Volt has been in the spotlight recently after the NHTSA found that two of three vehicles caught fire after side impact testing. One of the vehicles that caught fire didn’t burst into flames until three weeks after the crash test. The other started sparking and smoking immediately after the test.

Understandably, GM is eager to get to the root of the problem with the Volt fires. GM's Mary Barra, VP of global product development for GM said, "I have engineers working shoulder-to-shoulder with the NHTSA engineers right now," said Mary Barra, vice president of global product development for GM. "We are looking to say, 'Are there some design changes that we can make — something more robust in this location or that location or this component?'"
However, the automaker does note that any changes would need to be rigorously tested both at GM and with outside sources.
GM also says that if the investigation determines that changes need to be made to the design of the battery packs, it will make those changes as quickly as possible. She also points out that there still isn't any indication of just how long the investigation into the fires will last.
GM's Mary Barra with a Chevrolet Cruze [Source: GM] 

GM is taking the concerns of the roughly 6,000 Volt owners in the U.S. seriously and has offered to loan Volt owners a different vehicle until the investigating is completed. GM has also noted that if a Volt owner wanted to sell their Volt back to GM, it would buy the car back. Originally, it sounded like all the Volt owner had to do was ask and GM would buy their car back. Some statements that Barra made make it sound as though a buyback isn't a given in each case. Barra said, "First, we're going to have a conversation and understand their specific concern."
She added, "But if, as we go through that process, we get to a point where we think it's the right thing to do for that customer to protect the customer's satisfaction and show that General Motors puts the customers first, then that's what we'll do."

Source: Detroit News

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RE: This car was complete fail...
By darkpuppet on 12/5/2011 2:58:39 PM , Rating: 3
Oh, Pious owners...

You rag on a car because you think yours is first... well, some bad news...

you can get a VW Polo cheaper than a Prius, has NO gimmicky battery and gets 70+ MPG...

The truth of the matter is that if you wanted, you may never have to fill the tank of your Volt in the years that you own it -- that's the main draw... something a Prius can't do out of the box.

Not to mention that the total life cycle of a Prius is likely worse to the environment than your traditional auto (unless you own it for 20+ years and never replace the battery in it)... and at the end of the day all you have to brag about is how Pious thou arte.

We've all heard the hipster arguments in the past "well, Mac had a GUI before Windows", "The Prius had a battery in it long before everyone else", blah blah blah. So what... The prius wasn't a very good car to begin with, it's about time someone else offered something better... Future Historians will tell us if the Volt is that car.

RE: This car was complete fail...
By tng on 12/5/2011 5:23:35 PM , Rating: 3
Not to mention that the total life cycle of a Prius is likely worse to the environment than your traditional auto
I have a 12 year old Honda that gets 39mpg and I plan on keeping it as long as possible. If that is not "greener" by far than a Prius or a Volt than nothing is.

Either the Volt, the Prius, Insight, all ugly cars (Prius is the worst). Life is to short to drive something that ugly.

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