More bad press: Three die as electric taxi explodeshttp://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/menuitem.2af62ecb329d3d7733492d9253a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=7521a9c76be87310VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD&ss=China&s=News At about 3am on Saturday, a speeding sports car rear-ended a BYD E6 electric taxi, causing the cab to catch fire, killing the driver and two passengers, according to The Southern Metropolis News. One witness, another taxi driver, said: "The sports car must have been driving at between 150 and 200km/h when it passed me. I was driving at more than 90km/h." He added that he saw the BYD taxi in flames on the roadside a few minutes later. Lo Kok-keung, an engineer with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said that a fully charged lithium battery could explode in a serious crash."The crash could result in a short circuit, which, in turn, could make the battery hot and eventually explode within a matter of seconds," Lo said. "This is the major hidden danger of electric cars that doesn't exist in vehicles that consume petrol." On what planet do petrol cars not explode and/or catch fire?