Green cars burning up.

By: hcubed , 12:35 AM GMT on January 02, 2012

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Besides the Chevy Volt having batteries that can burst into flames after an accident, besides warnings put out to fire departments on how to handle electrics that have been in an accident (batteries and power cables, see here), we have ANOTHER problem with electric cars:

"...Fisker Automotive is recalling all 239 of its 2012 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid cars because of a fire hazard, according to a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Prices on the 2012 model start at $103,000, including the destination charge.

In a report filed recently on the agency’s Web site, Fisker said some hose clamps were not properly positioned, which could allow a coolant leak. “If coolant enters the battery compartment an electrical short could possibly occur, causing a thermal event within the battery, including a possible fire in the worse case,” the company told the safety agency.

Fisker said the problem was discovered on Dec. 16, when workers at the Valmet Automotive assembly plant in Finland noticed coolant dripping. Fisker said it was not aware of any consumer complaints, warranty claims or “any other reports related to this condition.” It said fewer than 50 vehicles were in the hands of consumers.

Under federal regulations dealers may not sell the remaining new models until the recall is completed..."

Fisker. The same Fisker that got a US gov't backed loan to build it's cars - and, so far, all the jobs are in Finland.

From ABC News, Oct 20th, 2011:

"...With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work.

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department’s $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the company’s manufacturing jobs are still limited to the assembly of the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car in Finland..."

So with $529 million in loans, and they've made 239 of them. And those assets are going up in smoke.

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Living in Biloxi MS, have been here since '85 (first Hurricane was Elena).

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