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Fisker Answers Questions About Their Recent Karma Fire

Posted by Alan at 3:07 PM on August 19, 2012

Fisker has made a lot of news lately, most of it better than this story, since they are the hot electric car maker on the market these days.  You may have read recently about the Fisker Karma that burst into flames on the side of a road on August 10th.  Many people assumed that the fire was caused by the large battery pack that powers these sleek machines, but the investigation seems to indicate otherwise.

Surprisingly, Fisker executives determined that a cooling fan was the culprit behind the fire.  Fisker has decided that the sealed component here had an internal fault, thus causing it to fail and overheat, starting a slow burning fire.  A recall will be coming shortly for those “lucky” enough to have already received their vehicles.

A portion of the official company statement has been posted below.

Fisker has already contacted its retailer network. Customers are expected to be contacted by retailers, ahead of their receiving formal notice from the company by mail, to have the cooling fan replaced with a unit that meets the required specifications. At the same time an additional fuse will be installed for added protection.

In their investigation, independent experts established that the incident was not caused by the Lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components, engine component packaging or unique exhaust routing of the Fisker Karma.

“We are committed to responding swiftly and decisively to events such as this to ensure total customer satisfaction,” says 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.”

The owner of the car involved in the Woodside incident, Mr. Rudy Burger commented: “I have been incredibly impressed with the way Fisker has handled this incident. I have personally started seven technology companies and know from direct experience that the US needs more innovative companies of this type, especially in the automobile sector.

“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.

Fulton Innovation’s Wireless Charging

Posted by Andrew at 12:02 PM on February 26, 2012

Fulton Innovation logoThe great thing about CES is that every now and then an unknown shows off something cool. I’d never heard of Fulton Innovation but they have smart products based around wireless power transmission. Todd learns more about eCoupled from Dave Baarman.

Fulton Innovation have developed an inductive coupling solution that scales from simply making a magazine cover light up as you walk past to being able to charge a whole bag of devices without taking them out of the bag. Electric cars could be recharged by parking in the right spot and not by plugging them in.

Not all of these products are ready for market just yet, but inductive charging efficiencies are on a par with plug-in chargers though economies of scale are needed to bring the prices down to a point where it’s built-in as standard. Palm’s Pre range of smartphones used inductive charging with the Touchstone and the Motorola Droid 4 has inductive charging as an option. As a Pre 3 owner, it’s brilliant not having to fiddle with cables and I hope more devices come to the market with inductive charging in 2012.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network, and Dave Lee from Waves of Tech.

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GE EV Watt Car Charging Station

Posted by Andrew at 9:48 AM on February 4, 2011

Jeffrey Powers talks to David Wang and Joshua Caillavet of General Electric about the GE EV Watt station, which is a charging station for electric cars. This is a level 2 charger, operating from 240V, rather than 110V, giving shorter recharge times for EVs (electric vehicles), say 4 to 8 hours, rather than 15 to 18 hours associated with a level 1 charger.

Fortunately, common sense seems to have prevailed with electric cars and a charging connector standard has been agreed by the manufacturers, so there shouldn’t be any compatibility problems between chargers and EVs.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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Arcimoto Green Concept Car

Posted by Alan at 1:26 AM on January 26, 2011

The car built by Arcimoto, while only a prototype at this point, is intended to become reality.  The idea came from that of the incumbent bike.  It has two wheels in the front and one in back.  That design is intended to make the car lighter and, therefore, use less battery power, which means a longer range.  Arcimoto is planning three models with distances ranging from 40-160 miles per charge and capable of attaining highway speeds.

What gets your attention, besides the unique look, is the target price – $17,500 before taxes and credits.  Availability has not yet been announced, but is probably a little ways off.

Interview by Jeffery Powers from Geekazine.com.

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