Feds to Convene Another Hearing on Electric Car Battery Safety

Feds to Convene Another Hearing on Electric Car Battery Safety

I guess the first one didn’t take after all.

The scope of the (January 18) hearing was a bit too narrow – leaving out some fairly important attending facts. Like, say, the (at least) five other Chevy Volt fires that have occurred besides the one being discussed.

After that woefully truncated convening, the Barack Obama Administration declared General Motors (GM) and the fire-prone Chevy Volt good to go.

As we have since seen, the Volt fire situation is nowhere near rectified.

In January, GM “called back” every single Volt ever sold in the U.S., to fix the allegedly already “fixed” battery….

But that didn’t fix the problem either.  So in March Chevrolet announced they were replacing the power cords for nearly every single Volt ever sold in the U.S….

(And o)n Wednesday (April 11), a General Motors (GM) lithium-ion battery exploded and caused a fire at a research facility near its Detroit headquarters.  Most unfortunately, …one employee faces life-threatening injuries.

Lithium-ion batteries like this one are used by GM in the Chevy Volt.  Making this just the latest in a long line of Volt fire problems.

After the explosion, GM issued a statement – then an updated statement – in which they asserted:

The battery tested and the incident have no connection with the Chevrolet Volt or any other GM production vehicle.

Really?  Why, then, is the Administration now having another hearing?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today a meeting May 18 in Washington to convene government officials and auto and battery-industry representatives to talk about “safety considerations” for cars powered by lithium-ion batteries.

Cars like the Chevy Volt.  So it appears there is a connection.  Yet another Obama Administration claim with a painfully short shelf-life.

Problem(s) still not solved.  Oh, and look – yet another entirely new problem.

A123 Systems Inc. (AONE) said last month it was recalling electric batteries it made for Fisker Automotive Inc. and other automakers after a $107,000 Fisker Karma shut down because of a battery defect during testing by Consumer Reports magazine.



President Obama has made the $30+ billion-losing auto bailout a signature “success” that allegedly merits his reelection.

So we’re sure that in May of his reelection year, his Administration will be much more thorough than it has thus far been in examining the Chevy Volt, its fires, and the myriad attending problems tied to the lithium-ion battery.