NHTSA introduced that it’s wanting into Chevy Bolt EV over a possible difficulty that might result in a battery fireplace.

The Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) confirmed this week that its Workplace of Defects Investigation (ODI) is launching an investigation into the Chevy Bolt EV over three cases of fires that originated with out impacts from accidents.

Two of them had been reported to NHTSA:

The Workplace of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) has obtained two Automobile Proprietor Questionnaires (VOQs) relating to a mannequin 12 months (MY) 2018 and a MY 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and alleging that the autos caught fireplace underneath the rear seat whereas parked and unattended.

After getting the 2 stories, the company discovered a 3rd electrical automobile, a 2017 Bolt EV, with an identical burn sample.

They reported:

Within the three circumstances recognized, fireplace harm gave the impression to be concentrated within the EV battery compartment space with penetration into the passenger compartment from underneath the rear seat. The foundation trigger of those fires is unknown. One in every of these incidents, ODI 11230072, reported smoke inhalation accidents.

They confirmed that they opened a “Preliminary Analysis” with the objective to “assess the scope, frequency, circumstances, and security penalties of the alleged fires.”

The investigation impacts all Chevy Bolt EVs produced between 2017 and 2020 — about 77,000 autos.

NHTSA’s investigation comes as Hyundai is reportedly preparing to recall all of its Kona Electric vehicles over a potential risk of fire.

In Hyundai’s case, the blame is being placed on Hyundai by some and LG Chem, the battery cell provider, however others.

LG Chem can also be the battery cell provider for the Chevy Bolt EV.

Electrek’s Take

It’s not a superb search for EVs with the Chevy Bolt EV information proper after the Hyundai Kona Electrical battery fireplace downside.

However there’s no statistical proof that exhibits electrical autos catching on fireplace at a better charge than gasoline-powered autos. There are over 200,000 gasoline-vehicle fires reported yearly within the US alone.

Nevertheless, since electrical autos symbolize an rising know-how, there’s an abundance of warning across the know-how and plenty of curiosity when incidents like these occur.

If something, it’s resulting in EVs turning into even safer as automakers are doubling on their efforts to construct secure battery packs.

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