Batteries in Electric Cars Examined After Chevy Volt Fire (New York Times, 11/11/2011)

Federal safety regulators said Friday that they were examining lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars because a Chevrolet Volt ignited three weeks after it underwent a crash test.
The fire occurred in early June, while the damaged Volt was being housed in a storage facility, the safety agency said. No one was injured.
The Volt had been subjected to a 20-mile-per-hour side-impact crash test. The test resulted in a rating of five stars, the highest score possible. The government also gave the Volt five stars in rollover crashes, four stars in front-impact crashes and five stars over all.
General Motors, which began selling the Volt last December, defended it as “a safe car” and said the fire would not have occurred if G.M.’s protocols for deactivating the battery after the crash had been followed.
While only a few are available for sale now, many more are on the way, and their novelty means even isolated problems related to their safety or reliability can affect how consumers and investors view them.

Tu l'as dit, bouffi. On connait une certaine industrie du secteur énergétique qui vient de voir son statut passer de "incontournable" à "doit être remplacée sous 30 ans" à la suite d'un seul incident ...