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Regulators probe EV batteries after Chevy Volt fire

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 4:23pm
Reuters

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Regulators are investigating the safety of batteries used to power electric vehicles after a General Motors Co Volt caught fire following a crash test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it does not believe the Volt and other electric vehicles are at greater risk for fire than those with gasoline-powered engines, but said it has asked automakers for information on lithium-ion batteries and recommendations for minimizing fire risk.

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