One recent accident in upstate New York may have been the ultimate crash test for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in vehicle.
A parked Volt in Geneseo, which is about 35 miles south of Rochester, was totaled (utterly demolished, actually, as you can see in the picture above) when a driver ran a stop sign, lost control of her Toyota Camry and rammed into the vehicle, according to the Livingston County News.
The Volt, flipping its nose at claims that its battery makes it a greater fire risk than conventional vehicles, was pushed about 25 feet into a garage but didn't catch fire. The Camry driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the publication.
Chevy parent General Motors fell about 2,300 units short of its goal to sell 10,000 Volts last year and some attributed the lack of sales to concerns over a possible fire risk. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a crash test on the car last year that resulted in a fire a few weeks later, though NHTSA said earlier this year that plug-ins pose no more of a fire-risk than gas-powered cars.