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Message 1229944 - Posted: 10 May 2012, 8:19:21 UTC

Just a couple of weeks ago some friends and I were discussing the pros and cons of having an electric car. One of these friends is the co-owner of a R/C car company called Trinity that makes parts for various radio controlled model cars and one of their products is a Li battery pack. He was telling us that these packs tend to explode if not charged properly. These are the same type of batteries found in most of the full sized electric cars on the market. Anyway we started speculating how long it would be until someone blew up his new car and the garage along with it. Well now it seems it has already happened.
http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/fisker-karma-owner-blames-house-fire-car-offended-204708241.html
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Message 1230630 - Posted: 11 May 2012, 19:35:05 UTC - in response to Message 1229944.
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SInce the fire dept says it started near not within the car, I'm putting my money on fraud. Also the fact that he doesn't want their investigation to go any further is a giant red flag

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/fisker-karma-owner-blames-house-fire-car-offended-204708241.html made it clickable
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Message 1230893 - Posted: 12 May 2012, 9:26:40 UTC

It could still be related, like maybe the battery charger overheated. It is documented that Lithium Ion batteries will explode starting fires if an attempt is made to fast charge them. Something R/C car racers tend to try.

But I assume the auto industry has installed some form of safeguards to prevent battery explosions. But all it takes are a few impatient fools to create mayhem.
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Message 1230983 - Posted: 12 May 2012, 13:33:54 UTC - in response to Message 1230893.

True I think most plugins have been thoroughly tested to prevent such incidences
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Message 1231041 - Posted: 12 May 2012, 15:02:52 UTC - in response to Message 1230893.

It could still be related, like maybe the battery charger overheated. It is documented that Lithium Ion batteries will explode starting fires if an attempt is made to fast charge them. Something R/C car racers tend to try.

But I assume the auto industry has installed some form of safeguards to prevent battery explosions. But all it takes are a few impatient fools to create mayhem.

Yes, especially if they drive over their charge cords and fray them.

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