Last night as I was driving home from work on Route 80 in Rockaway I started to smell something burning. I originally thought it must be a smell from outside the car that had infiltrated the cabin but it didn't take long before I realized that wasn't the case and that it was my car! I then felt a strong heat wave coming from behind the seats where the battery pack is so I pulled over, grabbed my important belongings from the glove box and got out. When I looked under there was a lot of smoke but no flames and I realized I didn't shut the car off so I went back in & shut it off. I got back out just in time as the battery pack burst into flames and soon engulfed the entire car. I called 911 and the Rockaway fire department came and took about 25 minutes to put it out. I made a statement and called my wife to pick me up. I guess The electric car experiment wasn't meant to be. More on this later
UPDATE: I spoke to the fire marshal today and the cause was determined to be an "electrical problem"! Really?????