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Can Hurricane Sandy's flood waters be blamed for the fiery destruction of 16 Fisker Karmas and a Toyota Prius? On Halloween we guessed saltwater had somehow led to a short circuit that overheated the cars' batteries and fire, which may be exactly what happened.

Battery technology, say the detractors, just isn't there yet. Not enough to make electric vehicles a viable prospect for the majority of drivers at this point. That's what extended-range hybrids are for – to relieve range anxiety and help EVs go that extra mile or two hundred.

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