The Fisker Karma electric vehicle might soon be investigated by the NHTSA for a potential battery fire risk.
After General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt has been investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because of potential battery fire risk, the problem might not be isolated, and the Fisker Karma could be the next EV on the list to suffer from the same issue. According to Bloomberg.com, the A123 batteries sold to automakers like General Motors Co. and Daimler AG (DAI), are the same ones being supplied to Fisker, and since GM had some problems with the Chevy Volt, the Karma model might be the next electric vehicle to be investigated by the NHTSA.
According to the battery supplier, the hose clamps that are part of the internal cooling system may cause coolant to leak and the leak can lead to an electrical short circuit. This can lead to a fire risk, just like in the Chevrolet Volt and its European brother, the Opel Ampera. Fisker won’t be too affected by a possible investigation of the NHTSA or even by a recall because the automaker is manufacturing 25 units a day of its Karma model, but the figure might raise to 60 a day next year. A123 will also supply the battery packs for the Chevrolet Spark EV which will go on sale in 2013.