1 December 2011
GM Chairman Daniel Akerson came out today, amid the controversy and federal investigation into Chevy Volt battery fires, to say the battery may be redesigned.
"…We're just gonna take a timeout if you will in terms of redesigning the battery possibly," Akerson said in an interview with Reuters (see full video interview below).
If you've followed us and the issue, you know the story. The big difference between the Volt and the Nissan Leaf is that the Leaf's lithium ion battery is encased in steel and doesn't require liquid cooling. The Volt's isn't encased in steel and requires liquid cooling, which apparently can cause shorts that kindle fires.
On the road, we've collected more than 125 suggestions from engineers on how to design the next-generation Volt, ranging from the sublime to the, um, not sublime. We want to host an engineering focus group early next year and take additional suggestions, put them all up on a white board and build a smart, coherent suggestion plan for the next Volt and then present that to GM.
For now, let's pose the question more specifically here: Given what you know, how would you redesign the Volt's battery to ensure greater safety?