By Paul Chesser, nlpc.org
We've already seen Fisker Karmas spontaneously ignite in a Texas garage and a supermarket parking lot in California, which were blamed on isolated incidents.
But now the taxpayer-subsidized ($193 million) electric automaker has seen several of its $102,000+ luxury hybrids go up in smoke all at once, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Jalopnik.com reported Tuesday night that approximately 16 of the Karmas that were parked in Port Newark, N.J. Monday night as Hurricane Sandy approached were submerged by the storm surge. According to the Web site's unidentified source, the vehicles then "caught fire" and "exploded." Jalopnik has exclusive photos of the Karmas in which they all were thoroughly destroyed by what must have been an intense inferno.
Fisker - which was supposed to received $529 million from the Department of Energy's stimulus allocation but was shut off because its business performance shortcomings - has acknowledged the incident.