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    Official: NHTSA investigating Bosch Power Xpress 240V EV chargers for fire risk
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    *UPDATED with Bosch's comment. Let's stamp out the flames of suspicion right up front. A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation, while involving a 2013 Nissan Leaf and some smoke, is not about another EV fire. Not directly, anyway. "Nissan has determined by ...

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    Video: Nissan Leaf battery cells put through torture test, live to charge again
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    One minor chink in the armor of the Tesla Model S is that a small number have caught fire, once their battery packs were penetrated. Nissan Leaf drivers, however, might just be able to weather such an event without an ensuing CarBQ. Our evidence for such a claim? A video that has surfaced of ...

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    Read This: Tesla owner tells tale of Tennessee CarBQ incident
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    Sometimes cars go up in flames. It happens surprisingly often and for many different reasons. In 2011 alone, there were 187,500 vehicle fires reported in the US. It's not usually a big deal. However, when it happens to a car from a new manufacturer, in a car that uses different technology than ...

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    Report: Third Tesla fire is a Tennessee CarBQ
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    It's been a pretty hot year for Tesla. Car of the Year awards, crazy stock price rise, and lots of media attention. Now, though, it may be getting a little too hot. As in, cars-going-up-in-flames hot. We saw it happen in Washington when a Model S had its battery pack pierced by a metallic piece ...

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    Report: Tesla confirms Model S driver in Mexico fire unhurt, 'does everything right' in a crisis
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    Any readers who were not sure that the white car in the video we posted yesterday of the crash and fire in Mexico was, indeed, a Tesla Model S, rest assured that it was. Bloomberg got an official statement from the California-based automaker that not only confirms the vehicle status but also that ...

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    Video: Second Tesla Model S fire caught on video after Mexico crash
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    Let's start this post the same way we did when we mentioned the news of the first Tesla Model S fire earlier this month: there are hundreds of thousands of vehicles fires around the world every year. But, whenever an electric vehicle goes up in flames – no matter what the cause – the ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S fire subject of unofficial NHTSA investigation
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    It looks like the feds are going to finally look into that Tesla Model S car-b-que near Seattle. Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it may start an investigation into why that metal object that struck a Model S in Kent, Washington (about 20 miles south of ...

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    Report: Two Autolib electric carshare vehicles catch fire in Paris
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    The word for fire in French is "feu." We're not sure how to correctly translate "conspiracy theory," so we'll leave that one alone for now. Two Bollore Bluecar electric vehicles that were part of Autolib's carsharing service in Paris caught fire and were destroyed earlier this week, Plug In Cars ...

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    Read This: Tesla says Model S fire triggered by 'highly uncommon occurrence' [w/video]
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    By now, you've seen the Tesla headlines, read the reports that its stock dropped (it's now bounced back somewhat), and maybe even discussed the Model S fire with friends and coworkers. But there is now some more official information to share. Yesterday, in addition to publishing emails between ...

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    Video: Tesla Model S catches fire near Seattle, no injuries reported
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    For the record, there were 187,500 "highway vehicle fires" in the US in 2011 (the last year for which data is available), according to the National Fire Prevention Association. But there was a fire yesterday that is starting to catch some attention, and we're pretty sure you all know why. ...

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    Video: All-electric Smart ED might be cause of house fire in Florida [w/video] *UPDATE
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    Reports are still understandably sparse, but News Press is reporting that a fire at a home in a gated community in Estero, FL might have been caused by either an all-electric Smart Fortwo Electric Drive or its charging station. At the very least, the "Smart car was so badly torched that fire ...

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    Report: BYD: all-electric e6 taxi fire could have happened to anybody
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    It's not exactly unusual for a car to catch on fire after getting rear-ended at more than 100 miles an hour. That's the argument that BYD is making on the issue of the most recent setback – that an all-electric BYD e6 taxi in Shenzhen exploded, killing the driver and two passengers, after ...

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    Report: BYD e6 taxi catches fire in China after crash caused by drunk Nissan GT-R driver
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    Yes, we know that so many gasoline-powered vehicles catch fire every day that only the most local of news reports bother to report on what happened nearby. Still, electric vehicles come under a magnified lens, which is why reports of a BYD E6 taxi catching fire in Shenzhen, China caught our ...

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    Followup: NHTSA launches inquiry into Fisker Karma garage fire
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a formal field inquiry into the garage fire that may or may not have been started by a Fisker Karma sedan, Bloomberg reports. The conflagration, which destroyed the Karma, the garage and a few nearby vehicles, took place on May 3rd ...

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    Followup: Fisker says expert's theory on garage blaze is incorrect
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    "Our technologies and engine design have been fully tested and certified at the highest level. It is irresponsible and ill-informed for technology pundits to suggest otherwise in order to secure media attention for unfounded claims." So says Paul Boskovitch, director of powertrain at ...

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    Report: Burnt Chevrolet Volt mysteriously catches fire again
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    Chevrolet Volt owners Storm and Dee Connors were reportedly woken up by the sound of fire alarms in their Barkhamsted, Connecticut home for the second time in a week. As you may recall, the Connors family escaped injury when a garage fire consumed both their new Volt and a home-converted electric ...

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    Video: Garage fire claims Chevy Volt and homebuilt EV *UPDATE
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    No one was hurt – but two plug-in vehicles were destroyed – in a fire in a home in the Connecticut town of Barkhamsted last night. The cars were a brand-new 2011 Chevrolet Volt with just 2,000 miles on the odometer and a converted all-electric Suzuki Samurai that the homeowner, Storm ...

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