Feeds

Fisker Automotive probes second flaming eco car

Not only price tag that's too hot to handle for Karma

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The luxury sports sedan of the ecologically-minded, the Fisker Karma, is being investigated after another one went up in flames.

A Karma caught fire on Saturday when it was parked in Woodside, California, but Fisker Automotive said that neither "the lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components nor unique exhaust routing" were to blame for the incident.

"The area of origin for the fire was determined to be outside the engine compartment. There was no damage to the passenger compartment and there were no injuries," the company said in a canned statement.

Fisker said it would continue to investigate the fire, which follows a similar incident in Sugar Land, Texas in May this year. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the Texas fire, but hasn't identified any cause yet.

Fisker has been plagued by rumours that the Karma, beloved of planet-hugging celebs like Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio (who is also an investor), was rushed to market before it was really ready.

The car has also had a string of mishaps including two recalls, getting cut off from a $529m pot the Department of Energy was handing out after it failed to meet unknown milestones and an SEC investigation of its venture capital fund raisers.

The car is a plug-in hybrid that can do 50 miles on its battery before needing to switch over to its gasoline engine. Only around a thousand customers have been able to afford the luxury green vehicle since it went on sale in December for the pocket-roasting price of $103,000. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue
This tiny bio-bot will chew through your clothes then save your life
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.