Swamped Fisker Karma electric cars catch fire

Business Insider reports that 16 of Fisker's Karma range-extended electric cars at the Port of Newark were submerged by Hurricane Sandy, and subsequently caught fire.

Fisker Karma
The Fisker Karma is an electric car with a range-extending gasoline engine. Wayne Cunningham/CNET

A story by Business Insider reports that 16 Fisker Karmas at the Port of Newark in New Jersey, submerged in seawater by Hurricane Sandy, caught fire.

Because of the storm damage, Fisker representatives have not had access to the port facilities. At this point, there is no reliable information about what might have happened, or if the fires had anything to do with the cars' electric drive systems.

A Fisker spokesman sent CNET a statement saying that the cars were not being charged at the time, and that there were no injuries related to the fire. The statement goes on to say that Fisker will investigate once it has access to the cars.

In the aftermath of Sandy, a number of fires have been reported in the affected states.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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