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Chevy Volt fires... have they put you off the Ampera?

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With the news of a fire in a Chevrolet Volt subsequent to a crash opel/Vauxhall seem to be delaying the launch of the Ampera.


Has this put you off the Ampera at all?

I suspect that the fire might be unrelated to any car issue and so I am not worried yet. Mind you, I am glad they are checking it out!

I hope the UK launch isn't delayed though.
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Hmmmm I've looked into this (well I found web pages that referred to the police reports) and the following is what I have read (slightly chopped down into bite sized peices (can't send the links as I was on a different PC at the time))

So :

1) a fire in a garage police reports say that fire spread to the car not from the car.
2) same as number one thb fire in the garage that then spread to the car.
3) this is the one that is most "odd" but still doesn't give me any worries, the car was involved I crash testing (massive side impact like being hit by a truck) the car was then taken away to a open air warehouse - three (3) weeks later the car electrics shorted out and caught fire. The moral of this story is that if you have a massive impact in the car that writes it off - DON'T HANG ARROUND THE CAR FOR 3 WEEKS WAITING FOR IT TO EXPLODE.

So having read the above I'm not that bothered ... Especially that we will probably running on "empty" most of the time as our commute is less than 20 miles round trip.
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I was never worried by this story as I found out the facts by listening to TransportEvolved podcast. Once I knew it was leaking coolant that caught fire some two weeks after the damage, I said to myself "if I couldnt get out of the car in that amount of time, a fire would be the least of my worries".
Then GM designed a modification to the battery holding frame to reduce the risk further.
It wouldn't have made the news if all those fisker woes hadn't happened.
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