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  (Source: Car and Driver)
Sixteen were destroyed by a fire while the rest had flood damage

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, Fisker Automotive lost 320 Karmas to either flooding or fires on the east coast.

According to Roger Ormisher, a Fisker spokesperson, 320 Karmas parked on a New Jersey port were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy last week. This meant a $32 million loss for the company.

Of the 320 Karmas, one had a short circuit that caught fire and due to high winds, 15 other Karmas caught fire as well. The rest of the Fisker plug-ins parked along the port were damaged by floodwaters.

These Karmas were shipped from Finland and destined for U.S. dealers. Ormisher said there may be a temporary shortage of certain color or trim options for the Karma, and that he doubts this loss will impact the price of the Karma in the U.S.

This year has been quite a rollercoaster ride for Fisker. The automaker had two incidents where Karma vehicles caught fire while in the possession of a customer. One occurred in May 2012, when a Karma plug-in was responsible for a house fire in Houston, and the second occurred in August 2012, where a Karma parked in a Woodside, California grocery store parking lot had went up in flames.

Before that, A123 Systems, the battery maker for Fisker's Karma, had recalled over 200 batteries for the Karma. However, Fisker said the battery wasn't the issue in the two fires this year.

Just last month, Consumer Reports flunked the Karma for its design and execution, saying that the vehicle has a cramped interior, limited visibility, awkward access and poorly-designed dashboard controls. 

Source: Inside Line

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PR disaster
By Milliamp on 11/8/2012 3:11:57 AM , Rating: 4
They might be getting an insurance check for the damage but having one of the cars catch fire and burn 15 other cars is a PR disaster for a company that just spent so much time doing damage control for the last 2 cars that spontaneously combust.

With the small amount of volume they have to have 18 cars catch fire is scary. I know I would be afraid to park one in a garage attached to the house my family sleeps in. I don't care if it is a faulty battery, faulty fan, salt water, or the Fisker parked next to it responsible they are about one spontaneous combustion away from having their reputation completely ruined.

RE: PR disaster
By AssBall on 11/8/2012 5:13:33 AM , Rating: 3
But these cars have an extrememly low carbon footprint. That is of course until you include the ones that burn up in the average. Then their carbon footprint is worse than a 1978 F150....

RE: PR disaster
By talikarni on 11/8/2012 3:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
But these cars have an extrememly low carbon footprint.

Unless you include their manufacturing and shipping process. Manufacturing and transport through conventional methods actually make these cars much worse overall; from manufacturing parts out of a factory that actually puts out more pollution (creating the specialized parts than a typical vehicle) to shipping with polluting boats, trains and trucks, to the transport of the heavy batteries.

Toyota admits that the production of its lightweight Prius requires more energy and emits more carbon dioxide than the production of its gas-only models.

RE: PR disaster
By jimbojimbo on 11/8/2012 4:31:03 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know. I think it'll produce a hell of a lot more pollution if it burns my garage down.

RE: PR disaster
By chemist1 on 11/10/2012 10:13:49 PM , Rating: 2
Manufacturing and transport through conventional methods actually make these [hybrid] cars much worse overall

not according to this:

RE: PR disaster
By maugrimtr on 11/8/12, Rating: -1
RE: PR disaster
By superflex on 11/8/2012 8:53:54 AM , Rating: 2
Please share your proof that ICE cars also spontaneously combusted.
Your use of "gas guzzler" makes me think you have an eco-axe to grind.

RE: PR disaster
By rdhood on 11/8/2012 10:28:22 AM , Rating: 4

Hundreds and thousands of ICE have been submerged in countless floods over the past decades. They do NOT spontaneously catch fire.

RE: PR disaster
By maugrimtr on 11/13/2012 4:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
Reality is calling...

The above addresses only spontaneous fires for comparison.

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