Holden’s Volt clears fire check
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.