Due to a string of problems with lithium-ion batteries used in vehicles over the past year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced an upcoming meeting with automakers to discuss the safety of the batteries. The meeting is scheduled for May 18th and will focus on the safety measures that should be taken with the batteries and what advancements may be made in the future with the technology, according to Torquenews.com.
Questions about the safety of lithium-ion car batteries first began when a Chevy Volt’s battery caught fire at an NHTSA test facility three weeks after a crash. Additionally, problems with the lithium-ion battery in the Fisker Karma EV electric vehicle led to a recall in March and a battery fire at the General Motors Technical Center, has brought additional concerns.
While the electric vehicle battery problems have each occurred under different circumstances, the newness of the technology and the short time span it has been introduced into the automotive marketplace has brought much concern. Although there is currently no consensus about the safety of the batteries or whether there is something that should be done to make them safer, the meeting can hopefully address what actions should be taken in the future.
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