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I am the instructor of the EV class at the SRJC. This project was
done outside of the normal class functions and I was not actually
involved with the planning, construction or build.

That said I am aware of the circumstances surrounding the fire, I just
came from a detailed inspection tour.

These things are known:

The vehicle was NEVER charged. The charger was installed but was not
functional. It was NOT plugged in at the time of the fire.

The BMS was partially installed, but there was no interface between
the charger or the controller.

The 12 volt accessory battery was not installed in the vehicle at the
time of the fire.

The vehicle was NOT ready for a test drive as the cells were not
brought up to proper charge.

We know a lot, but we do not know what caused the fire. I just
started looking into the matter this AM, about 11:00AM CA time.

I will keep all of you posted and provide the results, when we have a
clear picture. In the meantime ALL of you who blamed the BMS, the
Charger or anything are wrong at this time.

We just started gathering information about who had recently worked on
the car and what they did. When I know you will know. In the mean
time give us a few days, this is very unfortunate for all of us
involved with the program.

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Thanks Lee. I am asking the Dean about how to process donations and will
advise.

We will provide a report when we have it regarding what happened.

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