The Cooperative Research Network has reported that a Toyota Prius retrofitted with a plug-in hybrid kit has exploded in a big bada-boom. Hybrids-Plus produces a PHEV15 kit to convert the Prius into a plug-in model using a lithium-ion battery pack from A123 System; while the Prius in question was reportedly experiencing charger-related problems, it was still allowed on the road. While driving, the occupant noticed balls of fire coming from the backseat and subsequently fled the vehicle, which then exploded.

The moral of the story? Don't disrupt the evolution of hybrids. Sure, everyone wants a plug-in hybrid, and they are definitely on their way. But there's no need to try to disrupt the evolutionary process; it can be dangerous — just ask Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. [CRN via DailyTech]


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