Fisker Automotive EV Batteries Experience Safety Issue
December 26, 2011 1:21 PM
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EV battery maker A123 Systems Inc. has already developed a solution for the problem
An electric vehicle (EV) battery maker has found a possible safety issue in the batteries it makes for
Fisker Automotive EVs
, but says it has already found a solution to the problem.
A123 Systems Inc., developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries for automakers such as Fisker Automotive and General Motors Co., has pointed out a safety flaw that specifically affects the batteries it supplies to Fisker Automotive.
According to A123 Systems, hose clamps in the internal cooling system of its batteries made for Fisker Automotive were "misaligned." This misalignment could potentially cause coolant to leak, and this leak could lead to an electrical short circuit.
A123 Systems has already found a way to fix the problem, and said less than 50 vehicles were affected. It added that it continues to have a strong business relationship with Fisker.
California-based automaker Fisker is known for its high-end
Karma plug-in hybrid sedan
, which ranges from $102,000 to about $116,000 (U.S. December 2011 pricing). Currently, Karma production is at 25 units per day, but this may increase to 60 units per day in 2012.
Fisker isn't the only automaker with battery troubles. Earlier this year, General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid EV, participated in a series of safety tests at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Wisconsin facility. Three weeks after a side-impact crash test, the Volt caught fire while parked in the NHTSA testing center.
Three more Volts underwent three additional crash tests later in November, and
two of them flunked
with battery troubles/fires while the third remained normal. GM said it would do whatever it could to fix the issue, and even
provided loaner vehicles
to scared Volt owners.
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Woah wait caught fire while parked?
12/27/2011 1:50:27 PM
I must have missed that article. I really hope that car was totaled after its side-impact test because damn if I'd manage to limp my car home after a fender bender only to have it catch fire.
In any case, its funny we go from laptops catching fire or making you sterile, than to cell phones, and now our cars. It's like that commercial where everything was gas-powered. Flame on.
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