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Put on your flame-resistant suits, celebrity morons, because here’s the latest from our “Eco-friendly deathtrap waiting to happen” file…

Sounds like these particular Goremobiles will amount to little more than another few hundred million taxpayer dollars up in smoke — and as Joe Biden would say, literally:

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.

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. It’s possible the salt water caused a short that led to a fire.

Kind of a Catch-22, isn’t it? If your Fisker catches on fire while you’re driving it, your instinct might be to plunge the car into a river or lake, but apparently that would only make the fire worse.

Proposed new feature for the Fisker: Fire extinguishers attached to the windshield wipers.

Fisker later released this 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.

It certainly is good to know that this didn’t happen while any of the cars were charging, which means the Fisker has only been proven to be able to catch fire if it gets wet while you might be sitting in it.

For the record, Fiskers don’t seem to perform much better when they’re dry either:

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Comments

43 Responses to “Any Volunteers to Drive a Fisker Karma Through a Deep Puddle?”

  1. Truesoldier__ on November 1st, 2012 3:33 pm

    Gee, I wonder if the libs here in the PNW are aware of this. With the amount of rainfall we get up here we end up with alot of standing water on the roadways. I would hate to think what might happen if they drive through one of these oversized puddles.

  2. archer on November 1st, 2012 3:55 pm

    “For the record, Fiskers don’t seem to perform much better when they’re dry either:”

    …or even standing still in an open lot.

    http://updates.jalopnik.com/post/34669789863/more

  3. archer on November 1st, 2012 4:03 pm

    I volunteer that arrogant BA, Matt Damon.

    For you SPG, I doubt it’s listed.
    BA = bad actor. ;-)

  4. Truesoldier__ on November 1st, 2012 4:06 pm

    Just ask Team America…

  5. Marshall_Will on November 1st, 2012 4:06 pm

    “It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the…"

    Sure that press release wasn't pre-scrubbed by the Administration prior to public consumption? Hmm… "damaged by fire"? Yes, a 'fire' THEY caused! Sounds precisely like a Jay Carneyism.

    At least (1) positive thing came from Sandy…

  6. JetHeadJoe on November 1st, 2012 4:06 pm

    Fisker should make a food truck. It would be the ultimate barbeque on wheels.

  7. Marshall_Will on November 1st, 2012 4:09 pm

    I'm thinking the Drowning Fields along I-5 Northbound coming into Tacoma. You know, where locals instinctively "stay the course" and eschew lane changes until limited visibility can be temporarily restored?

  8. SignPainterGuy on November 1st, 2012 4:10 pm

    Well, I had the "bad" right off the bat. I guessed "a**ed" `cause he`s played several.

    Thanks ! ;-)

  9. SignPainterGuy on November 1st, 2012 4:11 pm

    Good use, yes !

  10. SignPainterGuy on November 1st, 2012 4:17 pm

    Imagine that; a GoreMobile is a POS and salt & water conduct electricity and salt-water does it even better ! Who knew ?!

    Yes, I`d be especially leery of a GoreMobile in a region known for frequent and regular standing water issues !

  11. Truesoldier__ on November 1st, 2012 4:21 pm

    I would hate to see what happens if you use the washer button for your windhield wipers

  12. Marshall_Will on November 1st, 2012 4:36 pm

    Kutcher really doesn't belong on the Fiskars Flame list. Firstly he's NOT an 'actor', bad or otherwise. I don't believe he's a liberal either. Just ignorant as the day is long.

    Anyone remember the vid that came out within moments of the '08 election calling for extra effort and 'civility' while he VT'd his neighbor claiming he was going to light him UP for all the racket the const. crew was making?

    If these clowns lit their Fiskars abalze in protest it would make more 'sense'.

  13. archer on November 1st, 2012 5:11 pm

    Jay Leno has a Tesla S on his web site that he’s actually driving in the LA rain.

    http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/

  14. jeffythequick on November 1st, 2012 5:36 pm

    Karma sux, doesn't it?

  15. jeffythequick on November 1st, 2012 5:41 pm

    The two curves in Fife and by the Tacoma Mall are enough to deal with, and now pyrophoric* cars?

    *I know they're not pyrophoric, which means self igniting on contact with air, but it's a phun word to type and say.

  16. Marshall_Will on November 1st, 2012 5:53 pm

    Jeff,

    Some of my best friends are fire chiefs and for all the car crashes they've worked ( unlike Quinn/Martin Productions! or Golan/Globus Chuck Norris actioners ) do they result in FLAMES..!

    But I know Doug has been "in the market" for a high-end hybrid so I'm willing to pitch in and do some -major- restoration work here!

  17. Marshall_Will on November 1st, 2012 5:56 pm

    What DOESN'T Jay own.!?

    Even HE has mocked the hybrid effort. We pasted the NPR link a few weeks back. At least unlike Facebook stock and mutual funds etc., no one can question the value of Jay's investments.

    Too bad we can't shoe horn them into a college savings plan for the kids huh? Oh wait.., you can!

  18. backwoodsconsr on November 1st, 2012 6:32 pm

    Considering all the money wasted on these things, I'd call them Fiscal Karma.

  19. backwoodsconsr on November 1st, 2012 6:55 pm

    Maybe they can get Culture Club to do a song about it, Karma Conflagration.

  20. Marshall_Will on November 1st, 2012 7:03 pm

    Lol,

    Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma ( my skin is PEELING off..? )

    It comes and go-oh-oh's!

  21. backwoodsconsr on November 1st, 2012 7:09 pm

    I can just see the people who brought us this fine automobile holding a press conference to deny responsibility, with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" playing in the background.

  22. RosalieBreslin on November 1st, 2012 7:31 pm

    That's a good idea. I was laughing so hard at what Doug wrote that my husband came in to see what happened. He got a kick out of it too.

  23. Marshall_Will on November 1st, 2012 7:43 pm

    At least someone will have finally found a purpose that song?

    Can you imagine having your wife call when you're out of town w/ one of these saying; "Marshall..? Is the car supposed to smell like carbon fiber and NiCad about to combust when I adjust the sideview mirror..?"

    Gosh hon, I'm sure it's nothing.., just have one of the boys look at it until I get back.

    No freaking WAY these things were prime time ready for the general public! Doug's from Detroit, are owners supposed to get a flame retardant SUIT when they buy one of these?

  24. archer on November 1st, 2012 8:04 pm

    “… ready for the general public!”

    That’s not a question on the application for the Zero’s stimulus pkg. Nor will it be a consideration of the Secretary of Biz.

    Just ask any solar company.

  25. Marshall_Will on November 1st, 2012 8:40 pm

    Good point. And it may not even be a matter of -direct- drenching of these vehicles w/ salt 'water'. Just living within a few miles of the beach generates enough salt air even conv. int. comb. vehicles rot out within a few years!

    Many states use salt on the ROADS during winter mos. Like you say, if it wasn't on the app…!? I know from working on the flightline for years, and now in Supply that planes need much more parts support during the winter mos. as things become more brittle.

    But that's a KNOWN. We even budget accordingly. Were these things tested at ALL?

  26. SignPainterGuy on November 1st, 2012 8:52 pm

    Yeah, it sounds HOT ! ;-)

  27. SignPainterGuy on November 1st, 2012 8:58 pm

    Doug has that way with giggle boxes ! He should post "Giggle- or Spew-Alerts" for the uninitiated or unwary !

    It`s best to keep drinks and food away from your `puter when visiting here ! ;-)

  28. SignPainterGuy on November 1st, 2012 9:02 pm

    Bitches too ! ;-)

  29. SignPainterGuy on November 1st, 2012 9:13 pm

    It seems the Tesla was developed over several years whereas the Karma got the Chrysler K-Car rush with similar quality and reliability results !

  30. jeffythequick on November 2nd, 2012 12:29 am

    Where's our global warming guy from a couple of days ago extolling these vehicles?

  31. Nate on November 2nd, 2012 1:30 am

    Hmm…that they burst into flames when they were submerged makes me wonder if there was any raw sodium (unalloyed with anything else) in wherever they got wet. Sodium metal doesn't react kindly when exposed to water.

    As to the name, well, if you buy one of these things, you deserve to get Fisk(er)ed.

  32. SignPainterGuy on November 2nd, 2012 2:48 am

    Perhaps s/he read and believes the articles reporting that EVs are more polluting than gas powered cars.

    More likely, no mention of "global warming" or climate change" in the title didn`t alert the auto-search thingy – whatever it`s called !

  33. SignPainterGuy on November 2nd, 2012 2:49 am

    "Fisk(er)ed ……. Snipped ?

  34. backwoodsconsr on November 2nd, 2012 12:09 pm

    Exactly. Plus I'm sure he was mighty disappointed that we weren't impressed by his pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo.

  35. jeffythequick on November 2nd, 2012 12:19 pm

    Honestly, I thought the scissor company made these things…
    http://www.fiskars.com/

  36. jeffythequick on November 2nd, 2012 12:20 pm

    Maybe he had to be back in court for that Mary Jane thing he posted about on his site.

    Then, there are only two people in the US with his name, and the other guy keeps a very low profile, unlike him.

  37. jeffythequick on November 2nd, 2012 12:22 pm

    MW,

    I hate you.

    Now I can't get that song out of my head.

    It comes and goes… it comes and go-o-o-oes…

    Plus, the though of Boy George singing on a river boat is forever etched in my head.

    **make it stop*** **make it stop!!!***
    ;)

  38. backwoodsconsr on November 2nd, 2012 12:42 pm

    Try listening to something patriotic.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyiq6lewgOk

  39. SignPainterGuy on November 2nd, 2012 12:43 pm

    Yeah, I thought about doin` a ,"Gosh, reeeaaaalllyyyyy ?" thing, but after the, "$140 Trillion for nothing" and other good retorts s/he ignored, I was done !

  40. SignPainterGuy on November 2nd, 2012 12:48 pm

    Me too ! I first thought of Fiskers as a morphing of "fixers" much as my Daughter skewed words as a small child. She`d say, "Fickits" for "fix it" ! Hey, it fits with the childishness of the environmental / climate change movement and their sycophantic followers !

  41. Nate on November 2nd, 2012 5:33 pm

    If the scissors company made them, they'd work properly. *chuckle*

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