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U.S. probes GM Chevy Volt batteries after fire

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 9:23am
Reuters

(Reuters) - A fire involving a General Motors Co Chevy Volt has prompted a U.S. government safety investigation of batteries used to power electric vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement on Friday that it has also asked other manufacturers who make electric cars or who plan to do so for information on how they handle lithium-ion batteries. This request also includes recommendations for minimizing fire risk.

NHTSA said it does not believe the Volt or other electric vehicles are at greater risk for fire than gasoline-powered engines.

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