Here’s a Hurricane Sandy story I missed the other day. From the Jalopnik blog on Oct. 30:
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 Sandy’s 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 wouldn’t 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…
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.”
Be safe. Don’t buy a Fisker Karma.
This presents a conundrum for global warming fetishists: Hybrids are good for the environment, but not vice versa. Maybe if everybody had a crappy $100,000 unicorn-powered wishmobile, then global warming would stop and the Fisker Karma would just explode into flames on its own. What are they calling their next car, the Fisker Bitter Irony?
And now, Fisker’s new ad jingle: