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!
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