Sandy dislikes hybrids

Interesting one at the NYT:

Amid all the damage left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake is an automotive whodunit, or rather, what-dunit? What caused more than a million dollars-worth of plug-in hybrid vehicles, including 16 Fisker Karma luxury sedans, to catch fire Monday night at Port Newark?

Fisker, based in Anaheim, Calif.,  has had problems with vehicle fires in the past, including one incident this year that prompted the recall of more than 2,000 Karmas to replace a faulty cooling fan.

But the circumstances during the big storm were clearly unusual, raising the question of whether this latest incident is a sign of design flaws, of possible risks associated with plug-in vehicles generally or simply a result of the abuses wrought by extremely rare weather conditions — or some combination of the three.

Shows what I know – I wasn’t even aware there was a thing called a hybrid car.

[H/T Chuckles]

5 Responses to “Sandy dislikes hybrids”

  1. Chuckles November 6, 2012 at 08:18 Permalink

    Neither fish nor foul?

  2. The Jannie November 6, 2012 at 08:43 Permalink

    Definitely foul. They prosper on the lie that they are “low emission”. How about the power station emissions which charge the batteries, the manufacture of which causes 4knose what pollution which is all compounded by the power they use just carting a ton of batteries around?

  3. Woodsy42 November 6, 2012 at 10:42 Permalink

    Salt water shorts battery packs?

  4. microdave November 6, 2012 at 15:44 Permalink

    Plenty of details here:

  5. Nixon Scraypes November 7, 2012 at 11:13 Permalink

    One possibility not considered. You know, thousands of unsold,”green” grant funded liabilities on your hands, what can you do with them? Well here’s a can of petrol son…..

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