Looks like maybe Chevy didn't do its homework.
A Chevrolet Volt that caught fire three weeks after its lithium-ion battery was damaged in a government crash test has regulators taking a harder look at the safety of electric car batteries, federal officials said Friday.That is just enough time to get the car fixed and have it parked inside your garage. Just in time to catch fire.
Anyone who thought a bunch of government-appointed folks could build a better mousetrap must have been working in government (or community organizing) for the last 30 years. OK, a fair number of people at GM were people who had always been at GM. Expecting them to do something different also doesn't make sense.
To be fair to GM, the government didn't follow the procedures specified.
GM spokesman Greg Martin said the test did not follow procedures developed by GM engineers for handling the Volt after a crash. The engineers tested the Volt's battery pack for more than 300,000 hours to come up with the procedures, which include discharge and disposal of the battery pack, he said.So how much does it cost to replace the Volt's battery pack after a crash?
"Had those protocols been followed after this test, this incident would not have occurred," he said.
And why isn't the government testing center following the standard procedures?