The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently hosted a workshop focusing on electric vehicle safety. The workshop included industry experts and researchers currently working on lithium-ion battery technology to power cars and trucks. Its goal was to encourage the sharing of information and promote the common goal of making lithium-ion battery vehicles safe for widespread use on U.S. roads.
Currently, Chevrolet offers a lithium-ion battery vehicle known as the Chevy Volt, which saw sales of over 2,800 units in March 2012 alone. Nissan also offers a lithium-ion vehicle known as the Leaf, and it expects to sell at least 20,000 of these in 2012. Other vehicle makers, including Tesla, Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Mitsubishi, all plan to start selling battery-powered vehicles in the U.S. within the next year.
The increase in production of battery-powered vehicles has led the NHTSA to start considering safety regulations for this technology. The agency is particularly concerned after some tests on the Chevy Volt indicated it might be slightly more likely to catch fire in a crash than a standard gas-powered vehicle – though further tests have not shown that fires are more likely in electric cars.
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