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Chevy Bolt EV Fires Grab Jay Leno’s Attention, Who Says EVs are Here to Stay

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


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Jay Leno loves automobiles, a fact you can easily decipher based on his massive collection of more than 300 cars.

A supporter of all things that have four wheels and an engine, Leno says electric cars are among his favorite. Despite recent publicity of the Chevrolet Bolt EV fires, Leno’s point of view on EVs hasn’t changed much. He knows they’re here to stay, and he advocated for them while talking to Shepard Smith.


“The last days of old technology are always better than the first days of new technology, but we’re beyond the first days of new technology,” Leno said on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith."


Of course, EVs have become more popular over the past several years. However, they still make up around 3% of the U.S. market share, which is not a massive number. It is important to remember the transition to electrification is still young.


“I mean, the electric car is here to stay. I predict a child born today will probably drive in a gasoline-powered car about as often as you would drive in a car with a stick shift now,” the late-night TV show legend said.


However, recent reports of the Chevy Bolt EV fires have caused more mainstream media mishaps. Unfortunately, the Bolt EV has been subjected to several recalls from GM over faulty battery cells that have caused fires. Recent reports state GM has advised owners to not park within 50 feet of other cars to avoid a potential disaster in case of a spontaneous fire.


While GM has extended battery replacements for a significant number of Bolt EVs in the past weeks, Leno pointed out how much safer EV fires are than gas-powered car fires.


“I mean the advantage, if there is one, to an EV fire is, it doesn’t blow up,” he said. “You’re in it, you smell something, there’s smoke, and then...

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