Cheryl Cope's "Paying electric bill" (Forum, April 23) included a highly misguided quip about electric cars using dangerous and flammable lithium-ion batteries. Regardless of Boeing's trouble with its 787 battery systems, it is unfair to relate those problems with electric vehicles.
If Cope had done a little research, she would have discovered that drivers of Chevrolet Volts alone have logged more than 150 million electric miles with no "real-world crashes that have resulted in a battery-related fire involving the Chevy Volt or any other electric vehicle," as a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study concluded.
Meanwhile, in 2011, the National Fire Protection Association reported there were 187,500 highway vehicle fires leading to 270 deaths.
I don't expect Cope to pay to charge my car, but please, do your research before making such inaccurate remarks.
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