Garage Fire: 2 Electric Cars, 1 Converted From Gas, Origin Of Fire Investigated

DETROIT (WWJ) – A fire rushes through a garage in northwest Connecticut and now fire officials are trying to piece together whether or not the family’s Chevy Volt, which was reportedly plugged in at the time, is to blame.

A second vehicle–converted from a regular gasoline-powered car to an electric vehicle by the owner–was also in the garage.

“At this point, we need to let the fire Marshall do his job,” said a spokesman for GM on Saturday.

Meantime, WWJ Auto Analyst John McElroy said there is some concern over electric cars and their batteries overheating.

“The car companies are very afraid of any kind of fire, any kind of breakdown, anything like that. They’ve got a lot of safeguards, things that automatically shut the car down if there’s any kind of short, any kind of heat buildup or anything like that,” McElroy said.

“However, having said that, these lithium-ion batteries, while they’re very advanced, if they go up they burn at extraordinarily high temperatures. That’s something that if it turns out it was the Volt at fault or these advanced batteries at fault, it would really put a lot of fear in people as to buying an electric car,” he continued.

While the cause of the Connecticut garage fire has not yet been determined, many are speculating if the Volt or batteries in the car had anything to do with it.

However, General Motors Spokesman Rob Peterson said Saturday that the owner also had a Suzuki Samurai in the garage, as well. The Suzuki had been converted by the owner into an electric vehicle.

 “We suspect the Volt was more the victim of the fire than the cause,” he said.

Comments

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  1. ecd.fan says:

    This is why more EHV manufacturers should be using Ni-MH batteries instead of those unstable combustible Li-Ion batteries like the ones being put in the Volt.

    Here is where the auto manufacturers should be focusing… http://www.energyconversiondevices.com/battery.php

  2. Fanof Ecd says:

    Those “unstable combustible Li-Ion batteries” are in every cell phone and every notebook and tablet. When was the last time your cell phone combusted in your hands?

    The fact is, NiMH batteries have been known to be a burn hazard as well:

    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09725.html

    On a side note, the leaking Ni-MH batteries manufactured by Energy Conversion Devices’ JV caused the total recall of the entire 2007 hybrid production by General Motors.

    ”We suspect the Volt was more the victim of the fire than the cause.” That says it all.

  3. Aubrey says:

    ”We suspect the Volt was more the victim of the fire than the cause.” said a GM Spokesperson.

    Well then, that settles it. No story here. LOL !!

  4. Fred Finch says:

    ecd.fan ia a known troll on the ENER (ECD) Yahoo board.

    He hates the company because they would not hire him.

    I am assuming that he failed their simple psychological tests.

    Google gives 8 million results for “lithium battery fires”: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=lithium+ion+battery+fires&cp=25&pf=p&sclient=psy&source=hp&aq=0&aqi=&aql=&oq=lithium+ion+battery+fires&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=b723c71aa7a1d8a0

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