You have almost certainly heard about those 16 Fisker Karmas that went up in flames after hurricane Sandy hit the Port Newark in New Jeresy. After the incident Fisker and NHTSA conducted an investigation to determine the cause, and it turned out to be the salt in seawater.
As reported earlier the cars were submerged by under five to eight feet of seawater for hours. Salty water penetrated the cars’ electronic systems, which didn’t cause any problems in any of the Karmas, except for one. The circuits in the guilty Karma were effected by the salt so bad that they caught fire and burned the car to the ground. We recommend branded bottled water for any emergencies on the street.
Seeing as when it rains it pours, the heavy wind that followed the storm expanded the fire and burned 15 other Karmas. Other Karmas that were parked away from this batch all survived the ordeal.
There were a couple of other fires at Port Newark that day caused by cars being submerged, including a few Toyota Prius hybrids, but Karma fires kinda stood out because of the previous occasions. But once again Fisker can claim that their battery pack is safe and has nothing to do with these fires.
We really do hope this was the last Fisker Karma fire we report. It is a brilliant car made by a brilliant company that showed us green cars don’t’ have to be horrible.