February 14, 2013
- Built at a cost of $303 million, the 600,000-square-foot plant east of Holland was supposed to begin production of batteries for the Chevrolet Volts and the Ford Focus EV by mid-2012. Company officials predicted it would employ up to 440 workers.
August 17, 2012
- Battery secrets at risk? | Nissan's thinks Rio '16 | Lapham: GM needs Ally.
March 26, 2012
- The company, which supplies Fisker Automotive and General Motors with lithium-ion battery packs, says the flaw does not pose a safety risk.
November 15, 2011
- In response to a June fire that consumed a crash-tested Chevrolet Volt, General Motors is publicizing its plans to propagate new standards for handling damaged electric cars. Following a decade’s effort by GM, Toyota, and others to train first-responders to...
- U.S. auto-safety regulators are examining the safety of lithium-ion batteries that power all plug-in electric vehicles after a General Motors Co. Chevrolet Volt caught fire, people familiar with the probe said.
- Taking its lead from General Motors, Mercedes-Benz now plans to partner with the Chinese on the development of battery cars and other forms of alternate power. TheDetroitBureau.com has more.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering adopting a new set of procedures for tow trucks and wrecking yards to follow when dealing with severely crashed electric cars. The new guidelines may be implemented after an incident in which a 2011 Chevrolet Volt caught fire in an NHTSA open storage yard three weeks after...
November 14, 2011
- Automakers lack one consistent fire-prevention procedure for electric vehicle batteries, Connecticut firefighter Jason Emery said. Manufacturers, including GM and Nissan provide notebooks with recommendations. GM also sends in a team to drain the car's battery following any major Chevrolet Volt accident.
- General Motors on Monday said no fires have resulted from its internal tests of the Chevrolet Volt, in the wake of a federal investigation into the fire risk of the lithium-ion batteries used in plug-in electric vehicles.
- Electric cars face new scrutiny after a fire in a Chevrolet Volt prompted a federal investigation into lithium ion batteries, even after U.S. regulators said their own crash test likely led to the blaze.
- News of a federal investigation into a Chevrolet Volt that caught fire hasn't spooked shoppers of the plug-in hybrid, several Chevy dealers say.
- A fire involving a Chevrolet Volt that had undergone government crash testing has led to authorities investigating the possibility of requiring emergency responders to drain the batteries of electric and hybrid vehicles following a collision. A Volt that underwent a 20 mph side-impact crash test caught on fire several weeks later, causing the Volt as [...] more
- A fire involving a General Motors Co. Chevy Volt has prompted a U.S. government safety investigation of batteries used to power electric vehicles.
- U.S. officials said they had launched an investigation into electric vehicle safety after a damaged lithium battery in a Chevy Volt caught fire three weeks after a crash test.
- In the aftermath of a Chevrolet Volt catching fire at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration test facility, NHTSA may move to require electric vehicle batteries to be drained after major wrecks. The Detroit Free Press reports that the agency is contemplating issuing a ruling, but a decision has yet to be made. General Motors' position on the fire is that the battery should have been drained after NHTSA crash-tested the car, a preventative measure the automaker says it recommends....