In Wake Of Chevy Bolt And Tesla Fires, Battery Tech In Focus

Electric vehicle batteries are getting more scrutiny in the wake of high-profile fires.

GM has confirmed at least 12 fires in 2017-2019 model year Bolts while cars are parked, i.e., non-crash-related fires. While Tesla has not commented on recent fires, there have been several seemingly spontaneous fires: one home garage fire in San Ramon, Calif., another involving a brand new Model S Plaid in Haverford, PA., and one late last year in Frisco, Tex.

But is the scrutiny warranted?

“I think with any new technology…because they are EVs it’s inherently more interesting [to the public]. Meanwhile, we’re driving around with these massive gasoline tanks in our own

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