Jay Leno says ‘electric car is here to stay’ despite Chevy Bolt recall

Jay Leno says 'electric car is here to stay' despite Chevy Bolt recall

Jay Leno gave CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” a bullish outlook on the future of electric cars, despite General Motors’ latest warning to owners of certain Chevy Bolts that they should be allowed 50 feet away. ‘other cars. Not recommended to park inside.

“The last days of old technology are always better than the first days of new technology, but we are way beyond the early days of new technology,” said Leno, host of “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. . “I mean, the electric car is here to stay. I predict that a child born today will probably drive in a gasoline car as often as you drive in a car with a shifter.

GM’s latest warning follows the Detroit automaker’s recall of more than 140,000 electric vehicles produced since 2016 after “two rare manufacturing flaws” in batteries put them at risk of spontaneous fires.

Leno told host Shepard Smith that, in comparison, electric car fires are less severe than gasoline-powered car fires.

“I mean the benefit, if any, of an EV fire, it doesn’t explode,” Leno explained. “You’re in it, you smell something, there’s smoke, and then it doesn’t turn into a ball like a gasoline car would. That’s not to say it’s not dangerous and hopefully they will fix the problem. “

Season 6 of “Jay Leno’s Garage” premieres Wednesday, September 22 at 10 p.m. ET / PT on CNBC.

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