Skip to comments.As Another Fisker Karma Spontaneously Combusts, "Green" Dreams Go Up In Smoke (Taxpayer Funded Car)
Posted on 08/13/2012 9:22:54 AM PDT by mojito
Several months ago it seemed that not a day could pass without someone, somewhere making fun of GM's biggest post-bankruptcy flaming failure to date: the Chevy Volt (gross and net of channel stuffing). Of course, since it was all in the name of ecological progress and carbon footprint reduction, most media observers let it go as merely one of the peculiar hurdles on the way to an utopian future in which America would no longer rely on crude imports from evil petroleum cartels. The time has come to redirect ridicule to that other $102,00+ MSRP object of electric aspiration, and henceforth - mockery: the Fisker Karma supercar.
To be sure, the Karma is no stranger to spontaneous combustion, with at least one model so far going up in flames in May, "damaging its owner's home and earning the company behind that hybrid sedan plenty of bad press."
Alas, as anyone who has heard that whole "fool me twice" saying, Fisker's credibility after not one but two spontaneously combusting incidents may have also gone up in flames....
Should supercars that charge far more than the Volt also be forced to shutter then the public attention may once again shift from Mitt Romney's private equity track record to Barack Obama's public equity record. Because at the end of the day, the flaming culprit may be none other than taxpayer funded A123 which makes the Fisker car battery.
(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...
If any business needs a government handout (I refuse to call them bailouts) in order to survive, then perhaps it shouldn’t...............
I recall what I thought was one of Dennis Miller’s funniest lines, this one about hydrogen powered cars: Think of 1000 mini Hindenburg’s at a mall near you.
Flash message to O bama: there were electric cars more than 100 years go along with horse drawn wagons.
“Flash message to O bama: there were electric cars more than 100 years go along with horse drawn wagons.”
The Edison battery is not anywhere near as toxic as lead acid or some of the newer rechargeable batteries, can handle over charges or full discharges unlike many of the newer batteries, but the patents for some of the latest enhancements have been purchased by a major battery manufacturer who IS NOT PLANNING on manufacturing the batteries.
The anodes/cathodes in the Edison battery are not consumed by the charge/discharge/recharge cycles like most other batteries and at most need a topping off of distilled water.
The Edison batteries are experiencing a surge in interest for solar/wind back up systems but could also be used, like they were in the past for electric cars.
Not a perfect answer, (what is?) but way better than the high priced, highly toxic alternatives on the market with a very limited life expectancy when compared to the Edison battery.
Anyone have a Energizer battery 100+ years old still operating? Seems very few battery companies want a 100+ lifespan battery.