2011 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Road Test


2011 Chevrolet Volt Owners, Are You Concerned About Fire?

November 10, 2011

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Last month's fire in North Carolina involving a 2011 Chevrolet Volt incited the gas/electricity company, Duke Electric, to ask its customers with electric cars to stop using their homes' charging stations, at least while the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"'Because the early report said the fire started somewhere in the vicinity of the charging station, we suggested they [customers] may not want to use them out of an abundance of caution,' said Duke Energy spokesperson Paige Layne." -- from Green Car Reports.

However, fire investigators aren't quick to blame the Volt and instead point to possible faulty wiring leading up to the charging station.

Back in April, the Volt was wrongly accused of causing a garage fire in Connecticut, but then was cleared of blame, even though the true cause was inconclusive.

After these remote fires, I can't help but wonder if it makes Volt/electric car owners a little nervous about charging at home. Anyone care to chime in?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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