Magazine April 30, 2012, Issue


A demonstration of how to plug in a Chevy Volt on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., December 4, 2008 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Fiery Defense
In the April 2 issue’s “Week” section, you comment that the Chevy Volt had an “annoying habit of bursting into flames.”

Two Volts did burst into flames, but both had been involved in destructive crash tests. The fires occurred because the agency did not drain the battery after the crash, which is required, much as crashed gasoline-powered vehicles must be drained of gasoline when stored.

I am a GM retiree. I opposed the government’s handling of the GM bankruptcy and oppose the current Volt subsidies. However, I also oppose the Right’s use of the Volt to attack the current administration on

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