Fears have been raised over the safety of General Motors Volt hybrid car which goes on sale in the UK next year.
Investigations are currently taking place in the US into why the batteries in two test cars burst into flames days after simulated crashes. General Motors are extremely concerned about damage to their reputation; they have offered to lend hire cars to any worried owners in the US. Mark Reuss, head of GM’s North American division said “our customer’s peace of mind is too important to us for them to have any concern or worry.” Five thousand and three hundred Volts have been sold so far in the US since they were introduced last year.
The Volt will eventually be built in Europe under the name of Ampera, and Vauxhall is lobbying its parent company to have the hybrid built at the Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire.