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Old 11-07-2011, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
Marc Lee
Join Date: Nov 2011
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Default Utility Issues Fire Warning to EV owners

A Chevy Volt has been involved in a second house fire. There is no evidence yet that the Volt or its EVSE was the cause, but the fire did start near the charging station, according to this report from

An article at the National Legal and Policy Center was even more critical.

It is not clear if the owner was using a 120v unit or 240v unit.

Some of the early 120v units have had overheating issues as reported by in this article.

Obviously the charging of EVs needs to be safe, and the unattended nature of charging means that a problem can develop unsupervised and do extensive damage. That said it is interesting how much attention has been given to the two fires involving Volts, given that the number of motor vehicle fires numbers in the hundreds of thousands.
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