Fisker Karma Is First Car To Burn Underwater

Tyler Durden's picture

The plight of the infamous, and quite inflammable, Fisker Karma (not to mention its now defaulted battery vendor A123) has been extensively documented on these pages in the past. Today, we bring it up again, to observe a curious extra feature which its proud buyers may have been unaware of. It appears that, as Jalopnik reports, the car only free government loans with a 0% (or even negative) IRR hurdle rate could conceive, is now the first one to proudly announce it is the only one of its type that merrily burns down... while submerged underwater. We fully expect that the next generation of Fiskers will charge at least $995 for this non-optional standard feature. In other news, perhaps it is time for Karma to issue yet another comprehensive total recall of all of its cars due to "fire risk" - the last one seems to have missed a spark plug or two: they can say this is a recall for the risk of "burning down alive while fully submerged undewater."

From Jalopnik:

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.



h/t Yen Cross

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lolmao500's picture

They should charge extra for that.

redpill's picture

How many cars can burn underwater?  It's a unique feature.

malikai's picture

So I guess this channel has become 'unstuffed'?

aint no fortunate son's picture

that's the brilliant idea behind the Volt - unstuffing the channel!

knukles's picture

Willie Pete, bitchez.


(unsafe at any depth)

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Idea for Fisker to increase demand by decreasing supply...

...English Channel stuffing.

francis_sawyer's picture

Are those the free toasters you get when you open up a checking account?...

camaro68ss's picture

Hope you have hurricane, flood, and fire insurance. If your missing one your fucked

Hard1's picture

Fisher Karma is a bitch bitches!!!

Richard Chesler's picture

You didn't build that. Your tax dollars did.


krispkritter's picture

So I guess this means there won't be any hope for a Fisker submarine contract with the US Navy? aka the Fisker Subma...

Cruel Aid's picture

Pinto is safer underwater than these.

eatthebanksters's picture

TFA...totally fucking amazing!  Are they made of potassium? Who are the dumb fucks that put venture money into this deal?  At least Finalnd will be the nation that will deal with the most fallout from a BK.  This fucking company is there is an idea! They could turn the cars into single use disposable toasters!

mjcOH1's picture

It's a feature.   If there's a significant probability it's water damaged it blows itself up to minimize your future pain.   Now if only they'd do that if the drivers answer the cell phone while moving.

Michaelwiseguy's picture

This is just the self destruct feature like that on the USS Enterprise in Star Trek.

It's a selling feature that worked perfectly.

Harlequin001's picture

The new .... disposable ... electric submarine.


mjcOH1's picture

It's more of a depth charge than a submarine.   Boom!

LeisureSmith's picture

Whiskey Pete. Much more tasteful, even more so.... Whiskey Peat.

nmewn's picture


An "audacious" scam on the public only politicians & crony capitalists could come up with.

cjhoward71's picture

Actually, Willie Pete is non reactive in water.  It reacts in air.  Nice try tho.

no taste's picture

Krugman probably wet himself at the picture of all that potential economic growth.


Does that Karma come with a bumper sticker?

Bay of Pigs's picture

FIRE! And MOAR Green Shoots!

Stackers's picture

Everyone with a lithium battery in it. Lithium + water = kaboom

Try drilling a hole in your laptop battery (via remote control bomb robot) and see what happens to the mini-bomb you carry around.

Gully Foyle's picture


And yet the mentally ill taking Lithium with water have rarely exploded.

Are they mutants you think?

pods's picture

Nope, they generally take Lithium Carbonate.

akak's picture

There are rather dramatic physical and chemical differences between the lithium carbonate (a salt) given to bipolar disorder patients and the pure lithium metal found in many batteries.

Please don't tell me that you believe that the calcium in your bones (you ARE aware that your bones contain calcium, yes?) exists in pure metallic form.

TideFighter's picture

I dunno. How do you explain Goldschlager (lol)?

Gully Foyle's picture


It was humor.

People gotta stop thinking so linear.

Joe Sixpack's picture

"People gotta stop thinking so linear"

People need to stop using English so bad(ly).

signed- Grammar Police

knukles's picture

Oh yeah, the olde sodium fluoride, fluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate conundrum. 
Wiil it help good old dad over in the Konzentrationslager while whitening and brightening Obey's tooth 10 different ways?

mjcOH1's picture

"And yet the mentally ill taking Lithium with water have rarely exploded.

Are they mutants you think?"


And those bastards told me sodium is also water reactive.   But my sodium chloride shaker refuses to explode.

Freddie's picture

So an iPad could be an improvised IED?

oddball's picture

Sure.  Have a cell phone,(?) you are all terrorists now.



ACP's picture

The first, and maybe last of its kind entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

TeamDepends's picture

They should have unplugged it first.

Skateboarder's picture

Imagine drowning and burning alive at the same time... brutal.

Overfed's picture

Dethklok would be amused! :-)

Matt's picture

Or drowning, electrocution, smoke inhalation, hypothermia and burning alive all at the same time. Geez, this is getting close to a Rasputin-esque scenario here.

Dave Thomas's picture

All it's missing is a tiny trap door in the seat from which extends a tiny mallet that hammers you in the nuts as you experience your multideath.

Go Tribe's picture

AND a tiny mullet darting down your throat to assist with the asphyxiation.

Larry Dallas's picture

I still don't get the whole hybrid thing. Anyone who buys these things - expecially at 100K a pop - needs their head examined.

Skateboarder's picture

My hybrid makes excellent margaritas... and even walks the dog.

Gully Foyle's picture

Larry Dallas

Dude, since the sixties TPTB have looking to put in place new supports which they could manipulate.

The old ideas of religion, ethnicity, and community fell apart.

So we see Green for happy feely Hipsters, we see Giai instead of God, and Halloween instead of Christmas.

dark pools of soros's picture

you forget porn??  that is the biggest of the tent poles