Jay Leno says, ‘the electric car is here to stay,’ despite Chevy Bolt recalls

Jay Leno gave CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" an optimistic outlook when it comes to the way forward for electric vehicles, despite the newest warning from General Motors to house owners of some Chevy Bolts, advising them not to park inside 50 toes of different vehicles.

"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," mentioned Leno, the host of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage." "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."

GM's newest warning follows the Detroit automaker recalling greater than 140,000 of the EVs produced since 2016 due to the chance of batteries spontaneously catching hearth from "two rare manufacturing defects."

Leno advised host Shepard Smith that, compared, electric car fires are much less extreme than fires in gas-powered vehicles. 

"I mean the advantage, if there is one, to an EV fire is, it doesn't blow up," Leno defined. "You're in it, you smell something, there's smoke, and then it doesn't go up in a ball the way a gasoline car would. That's not to say it's not dangerous and, hopefully, they'll fix the problem."

"Jay Leno's Garage" season 6 premieres Wednesday, September 22 at 10 pm ET/PT on CNBC.

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