Fisker Karma Is First Car To Burn Underwater

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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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Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:27 | 2938031 lolmao500
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They should charge extra for that.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:27 | 2938034 redpill
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How many cars can burn underwater?  It's a unique feature.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:28 | 2938041 icanhasbailout
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It's Karma, baby

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:30 | 2938053 malikai
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So I guess this channel has become 'unstuffed'?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:35 | 2938074 aint no fortuna...
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that's the brilliant idea behind the Volt - unstuffing the channel!

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:36 | 2938087 knukles
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Willie Pete, bitchez.


(unsafe at any depth)

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:41 | 2938107 hedgeless_horseman
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Idea for Fisker to increase demand by decreasing supply...

...English Channel stuffing.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:45 | 2938122 francis_sawyer
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Are those the free toasters you get when you open up a checking account?...

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:48 | 2938131 camaro68ss
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Hope you have hurricane, flood, and fire insurance. If your missing one your fucked

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:01 | 2938172 Hard1
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Fisher Karma is a bitch bitches!!!

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:07 | 2938200 Richard Chesler
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You didn't build that. Your tax dollars did.


Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:49 | 2938354 krispkritter
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So I guess this means there won't be any hope for a Fisker submarine contract with the US Navy? aka the Fisker Subma...

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 15:49 | 2938634 Cruel Aid
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Pinto is safer underwater than these.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 16:47 | 2938839 eatthebanksters
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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!

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 21:43 | 2939659 mjcOH1
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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.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 23:06 | 2939905 Michaelwiseguy
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This is just the self destruct feature like that on the USS Enterprise in Star Trek.

It's a selling feature that worked perfectly.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 04:39 | 2940289 Harlequin001
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The new .... disposable ... electric submarine.


Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:35 | 2944557 mjcOH1
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It's more of a depth charge than a submarine.   Boom!

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:55 | 2938152 LeisureSmith
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Whiskey Pete. Much more tasteful, even more so.... Whiskey Peat.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 18:41 | 2939185 nmewn
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An "audacious" scam on the public only politicians & crony capitalists could come up with.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 16:22 | 2938764 cjhoward71
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Actually, Willie Pete is non reactive in water.  It reacts in air.  Nice try tho.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:37 | 2938080 no taste
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Krugman probably wet himself at the picture of all that potential economic growth.


Does that Karma come with a bumper sticker?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:42 | 2938109 Bay of Pigs
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FIRE! And MOAR Green Shoots!

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 16:48 | 2938840 eatthebanksters
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Nah...he shits himself...

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:31 | 2938052 Stackers
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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.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:34 | 2938071 Gully Foyle
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And yet the mentally ill taking Lithium with water have rarely exploded.

Are they mutants you think?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:39 | 2938098 pods
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Nope, they generally take Lithium Carbonate.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:42 | 2938099 akak
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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.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:50 | 2938137 TideFighter
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I dunno. How do you explain Goldschlager (lol)?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:45 | 2938347 Gully Foyle
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It was humor.

People gotta stop thinking so linear.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:48 | 2938355 akak
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Never mind!

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 08:34 | 2940546 Joe Sixpack
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"People gotta stop thinking so linear"

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

signed- Grammar Police

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:42 | 2938111 knukles
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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?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 21:50 | 2939678 mjcOH1
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"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.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:00 | 2938169 Freddie
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So an iPad could be an improvised IED?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 15:54 | 2938658 oddball
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Sure.  Have a cell phone,(?) you are all terrorists now.



Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:31 | 2938055 ACP
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The first, and maybe last of its kind entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:35 | 2938079 TeamDepends
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They should have unplugged it first.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:48 | 2938130 Skateboarder
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Imagine drowning and burning alive at the same time... brutal.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:16 | 2938239 Overfed
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Dethklok would be amused! :-)

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 15:53 | 2938652 Zap Powerz
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Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:45 | 2938346 Matt
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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.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 15:49 | 2938631 Dave Thomas
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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.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 21:43 | 2939658 Go Tribe
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AND a tiny mullet darting down your throat to assist with the asphyxiation.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:33 | 2938065 Gully Foyle
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Prince Namor is pissed!

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:33 | 2938066 Larry Dallas
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I still don't get the whole hybrid thing. Anyone who buys these things - expecially at 100K a pop - needs their head examined.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:35 | 2938076 Comay Mierda
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but they do magic tricks

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:38 | 2938096 Skateboarder
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My hybrid makes excellent margaritas... and even walks the dog.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:37 | 2938090 Gully Foyle
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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.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:35 | 2938317 dark pools of soros
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you forget porn??  that is the biggest of the tent poles

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