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Fisker Karma  (Source: Fisker Automotive)
Fisker Automotive pinpoints the cause of the blaze with the help of an expert

Last week we reported that a second Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid/electric vehicle went up in flames outside a grocery store in California. At the time, an exact cause for the flare-up was not immediately available, but Fisker Automotive was adamant that the fire was not caused by the lithium-ion batteries, the powerful electric motors, or the front-mounted turbocharged gasoline engine that serves as a generator.
 
Today, Fisker Automotive announced the final results of an investigation into the incident that was conducted in conjunction with Pacific Rim Investigative Services Group. It was determine that cooling fan located ahead of the left front wheel had an internal fault that caused the blaze.
 
As a result, Fisker Automotive is initiating a voluntary recall on all Karma sedans sold to date to replace the fan and install an additional fuse.
 
“We are committed to responding swiftly and decisively to events such as this to ensure total customer satisfaction,” said Fisker Automotive Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Henrik Fisker. “This incident resulted from a single, faulty component, not our unique EVer powertrain or the engineering of the Karma. As this situation demonstrates, Fisker Automotive is dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to address safety and quality concerns.”
 
Interestingly, Fisker Automotive also included a quote from the owner of the self-igniting Karma. “I have been incredibly impressed with the way Fisker has handled this incident," said Rudy Burger. "Fisker is a great company and one that I am personally planning to invest in. I look forward to getting behind the wheel of my next Fisker.”
 
Hopefully Mr. Burger will have better luck the second time around.

Source: Fisker Automotive



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have fun
By MadMan007 on 8/18/2012 9:25:34 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
one that I am personally planning to invest in


He enjoyed the car fire so much, he wants to burn his money too!




RE: have fun
By kattanna on 8/20/2012 12:21:15 PM , Rating: 3
i wouldnt doubt they replaced his car free of charge, literally handing him a new set of keys.. and maybe paid for all expenses involved. if they were smart that is.


What's that?
By bug77 on 8/18/2012 7:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
What's a
quote:
plug-in hybrid/electric vehicle
? Are there several versions of Fisker Karma?




RE: What's that?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/18/2012 7:57:39 PM , Rating: 2
Both the Karma and Volt are considered hybrid electric vehicles because they have both a gasoline engine and electric motor(s)/batteries.

If I was talking about the Tesla Model S or Nissan Volt, I would have just said called it an "electric vehicle".


RE: What's that?
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 8/18/2012 10:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
The way to tell the difference is by what is used as the primary motive device:

Gas engine - Hybrid
Electric motor - Extended Range EV

The Plugin Prius and upcoming Ford Energi vehicles both have gas engines that are more powerful than the onboard motors, so they're plugin hybrids. Volt and Karma have electric motors more powerful than the onboard genset, so they're EREVs.

Not too hard to understand after all!


RE: What's that?
By bah12 on 8/20/12, Rating: 0
Strange engineering?
By Beenthere on 8/19/2012 11:15:05 AM , Rating: 2
Any electrical circuit in an auto should be fused so adding a second fuse is not the solution to this fan issue. Even with an "internal defect" which must have caused the fan to overheat, it should not catch fire. I think there is more to the story and or PPE involved. (PPE= Piss Poor Engineering).




nothing to see here
By DockScience on 8/19/2012 1:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's ok folks, nothing to see here.
It wasn't a REAL electric car fire, so it doesn't matter.




Addiitional Fuse
By ddh on 8/20/2012 4:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
It is difficult from the Fiskar comment to dtermine whether or not the Fan was in a Fused Circuit originally or whether they are now for some reason adding a seond fuse. Running it in an unfused circuit would certainly be a plausable cause for the Fire and hence the PPE commment. Adding an additional fuse in the circuit which couldhaved shared a fuse with other devices, and therefore potentially putting it in a cicuit that has a very high amperage fuse thusly allowing the short circuited fan to catch fire is possible also.

I would favor the latter and expect that they are going to isolate the fan on its own fused circuit since it seems to have such a critical role in cooling what others have said to be an overstuffed and thus very hot ICE (internal combustion engine) compartment




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