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Fleet Briefing: Chevy Volt Fire, FedEx, Toyota Recall and Electric Honda Commuters

Automaker GM has tried to blame government testers for a fire that reportedly engulfed one of its plug-in Chevrolet Volt cars following testing at a federal facility.

The hybrid car’s lithium-ion battery caught fire three weeks after being damaged in a crash test at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

But GM has hit back at suggestions that the fire means the car is unsafe, saying that NHTSA officials did not follow GM protocol after the damage occurred, reports MSNBC.

The 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is among a host of cars being recalled by the automaker due to a potential fault in the manufacture of their crankshaft pulleys.

The amount of adhesive agent applied between the outer and inner rings in the crankshaft pulley may be inadequate, according to the recall.

FedEx has ordered a “large number” of the fuel-efficient Reach walk-in van, developed by Isuzu and Utilimaster, FleetOwner reports.

The Reach is equipped with a diesel exhaust fluid injection system, that should reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 85 percent.

Honda will display seven next-generation electric concept vehicles at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

The line-up includes two-, three- and four-wheeled electric commuter vehicles such as the E-Canopy (pictured).

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