Update: See below for a statement from Chevrolet regarding this incident. …If you own a Chevy Volt, you may want to think twice about parking it in your garage. One couple’s Volt caught on fire not once, but twice! The second time it wasn’t even plugged in. That’s quite an investment we the taxpayers have made – government sponsored fires!
Last week, homeowners Storm Connors and his wife, Dee, woke up to the sound of a smoke alarm around 4 a.m.
The couple’s garage, where they parked their new Chevrolet Volt hybrid, was on fire. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze. A firewall built between the home and the garage saved their home.
Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office and the couple’s insurance company, at the time, suspected the hybrid car have had something to do with the blaze.
On Monday morning, firefighters were called back to the home when the car caught fire again.
Maybe they should rename it the Chevy Blaze.
In related news, a group of high school students from Philadelphia beat out the Chevy Volt in a mileage per gallon contest that took place recently in Watkins Glenn, New York.
Second place might seem like a great spot for the GM entry until you learn first place was won by an entry created by a team of high-schoolers.
The “Factory Five GTM,” created by students at West Philadelphia High School, nailed top honors at 160 mpg.
Fox News has more on the green derby.
Chevrolet released the following statement regarding the fire:
Our engineering experts have inspected the Chevrolet Volt severely damaged in a garage fire in Barkhamsted, CT. We believe the findings indicate the Volt was damaged by the fire, not the cause.
The garage and its contents, including the Volt and a hand-built Suzuki Samurai EV, were heavily damaged in last Thursday’s fire.
While the Volt’s battery pack sustained damage, it was not extensive enough or of the type that would suggest that it caused the fire. In addition, there is clear evidence based on moderate damage to the cordset and charging system that neither component caused the fire.
The vehicles had been left in the garage for investigators and insurers to review when a second incident occurred earlier today. Smoke was seen coming from the damaged Volt and the fire department responded quickly. We continue to support the department in its investigation, sending our experts back to Connecticut to continue working with fire marshals.
We’ve spent more than a decade developing the technology which went into Volt. As such, it has a wide range of active and passive safety systems to ensure our customers are protected.
The most important thing to remember is that everyone is safe and fire investigators are working diligently to determine the cause. We’ll share more information as it becomes available.