Holden’s Volt clears fire check

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AUSTRALIA’S first elec­tric car with a back-up petrol en­gine to charge the bat­tery has been cleared of fire dan­ger in the US.

The Amer­i­can Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Chevro­let Volt, to be sold here this year as a Holden, af­ter three caught fire sev­eral days af­ter crash tests.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was closed af­ter GM made en­gi­neer­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions to bet­ter pro­tect the bat­tery.

GM Holden spokesper­son Kate Lons­dale said the clo­sure cleared the way for the Volt in Australia.

‘‘Based on the avail­able data, NHTSA does not be­lieve that the Volt or other elec­tric ve­hi­cles pose a greater risk of fire than gaso­line-pow­ered ve­hi­cles,’’ she said.

Ms Lons­dale said it was too early to an­nounce pric­ing for the ve­hi­cle.

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