Skip to comments.More Than A Dozen Fisker Karma Hybrids Caught Fire And Exploded In New Jersey Port After Sandy
Posted on 11/01/2012 11:13:21 AM PDT by Red Badger
Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when water from Hurricane Sandys storm surge apparently breached the port and submerged the vehicles. As Jalopnik has exclusively learned, the cars then caught fire and burned to the ground.
Our source tells us they were first submerged in a storm surge and then caught fire, exploded. This wouldnt be the first time the vehicles, which use a small gasoline engine to charge batteries that provide energy to two electric motors, had an issue with sudden combustion.
The vehicle, despite only being in limited production, has already experienced numerous fires due to equipment failures and electrical shorts. How, exactly, they caught fire after being submerged in sea water is unclear. Its possible the salt water caused a short that led to a fire.
Calls to Fisker and the Port Newark Container Terminal have not been returned as of publication time.
UPDATE: Fisker released the following statement:
It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in sea water during Superstorm Sandy. We can report that there were no injuries and none of the cars were being charged at the time.
We have confidence in the Fisker Karma and safety is our primary concern. While we intend to find the cause as quickly as possible, storm damage has restricted access to the port.
We will issue a further statement once the root cause has been determined.
MY KARMA RAN OVER MY DOGMA.........
What country makes these things?
First time in history that steel has been melted by water.
Does not bode well for any fool that buys one and drives through a decent rain puddle..........
Unsafe at no speed.
Salt water + Battery terminals = Shorted Batteries = Fire
Dogma’s revenge on the Karma...
But they are good for the environment. < /sarc >
so a Fisker Karma is a bad choice for the beach ,you live at the beach , buy at own risk
The new Fisker “Shock and Awe”
Yikes, don’t try driving through high water in these babies. That’s a $100 K barbeque pit.
A friend told me they were really hot cars....
I mean Ford Pinto. At least a Pinto needed a hard rear end collision to burst into flames, these tings go up in smoke in water.
They're blaming the problem on salt water and salt does lower water's resistance. Well if the problem really is salt water, what happens when you drive it during/after a snow storm and the road is covered in salt?
Kind of re-defines the word Meltdown!
Is this the car algore is invested in and millions of stimulus money went to?
Pray for America
Better not drive one in the rain!
As time passed, you'd see more and more people wandering down the hall to the vending machines with a turkey basted load with salt water every time they wanted a soda. Eventually, there was a thick crust of salt on the front of the vending machine under the coin slot, but for some reason, the vending company kept loading it up with sodas.
One night it burst into flames.
Wasn’t that Val Kilmer in Top Secret? Still funny 30 years later.
Talk about bad Karma...
I take it back. Perhaps there is something to this karma thing. LOL
That can’t be true. Rosie O’Donnell said that steel doesn’t melt. /s
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3 posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 10:58:40 AM by carriage_hill (The 0bummer Penguin: I played this country like a harp from hell.)
Guy with a deep tan is sitting at club house bar with a pale obvious new comer.
Tanned guy, "I came from NYC after my dress factory went up in flames one night. Darn good thing I had insurance, because I couldn't move those rags for love or money."
Pale guy, "Well, my sad tale is similar. The exclusive Fiskar Karma dealership I had was in deep trouble. Just no market for $100k plus electric cars. And then that storm Sandy flooded the 16 that just came in. Water flooded the batteries, they caught fire and blew up. Damned good thing I had insurance. So I took the $2 mil and came down here."
Tanned guy after a pause quietly asks, "How the heck do you start a hurricane?"
Thanks. My little mind was having problems with the whole ‘submerged then caught on fire’ thing.
I’ve been asking for a report on industrial damage from the storm. So far, all we have heard about are the private property owners. What about all those coal terminals and other bulk cargo terminals, what about refineries. The New Jersey coast is lined with industrial and commercial facilities, yet we hear nothing.
AlGore face palm!!!
We have five very big customers in NJ and they are all closed until futher notice. We also received this notice from the Port.
Hurricane Sandy and Vessel Schedule Update 9 - Revised
Dear Valued Customer:
As a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the ship channel to
Elizabeth, NJ remains closed by the US Coast Guard.
Similarly, APM Terminals in Elizabeth lacks electricity and the terminal
will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 1st while debris is cleared
and terminal damage assessments are conducted.
Horizon Lines will be cancelling this Fridays scheduled departure of
Horizon Producer voyage PD722S from Elizabeth. The Producer will instead
depart Elizabeth on voyage PD723S Friday, November 9th. This will give our
customer base time to recover their operations from the storm and execute
the normal cycle of drawing empties and returning loaded containers to our
Elizabeth terminal. Bookings will be updated automatically to reflect the
updated voyage numbers and new booking confirmations will be sent to our
Additionally, Horizon Lines will be cancelling the Northbound departure
from San Juan to Elizabeth normally scheduled for Monday, October 5th. The
next northbound voyage to Elizabeth will be Horizon Trader TO489N departing
San Juan Monday, November 12th.
My Cars!.... My Cars!
Were they being shipped in or out by ship?
I wonder how the insurance carrier for the freighter will respond. Imagine if this had happened in transit at sea.
el carro es mui caliente.
Note to self:
Avoid low water bridges and standing water. In the past I only had to worry about drowning. Yikes!
Were you in culinary school? How many students kept a turkey baster in their dorm?
Thanks, I knew it had to be bad. My husband was wondering how the Coast Guard Stations fared? He was stationed at several stations from Shinnecock to Cape May.
You are welcome!
I have a used Karma.
I got it from a little old lady school teacher who was only responsible for her actions on weekends.
So, a hunert tousand simolians? jus like that!
Lithium + water = spectacular YouTube video
I remember the old joke about being stuck in a traffic jam in a Pinto, and seeing an Audi pull up behind you. You knew you were about to die a fiery death.
Quite a few, once they saw it as a means to free soda.