Evidently, as any good EE would tell you, there has been a problem with the Chevy Volt in crash testing; the battery caught fire, which is something you can expect of any battery holding a lot of energy when it gets shorted out. The trouble, of course, is that there are a lot more batteries in the Volt, holding a lot more energy per pound, than in ordinary cars.
So not only is the Volt a technological boondoggle, its powertrain is a major hazard, too. And as luck would have it, it's still got a gas tank to incinerate you after the battery ignites. Maybe it's time to leave the car engineering to...say....carmakers and others who understand engineering tradeoffs, eh?
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