2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic, New York City, Jan 2012Enlarge Photo
For luxury automaker Fisker, things just go from bad to worse.
While hurricane Sandy has caused more pressing issues for the East coast and its residents than a few submerged cars, images of sixteen destroyed Fisker Karmas will do nothing to ease nerves at the troubled firm.
Worse still, the images on Jalopnik show several of the Karmas to have caught fire and burned to the ground.
The photographs show that some of the cars at the Port Newark Container Terminal have survived intact--though no doubt heavily damaged by water ingress--one section of the shipment has been completely destroyed by fire. Sources suggest there were even explosions.
It isn't known how exactly the cars caught fire, and Fisker confirms in a statement that none were charging at the time and that nobody was hurt.
It's possible that salt water from the storm surge shorted electrical connections and sparked a fire. It's also unclear how many cars spontaneously caught fire, though many of the vehicles appear to be closely parked, so it's possible the fire could have spread from vehicle to vehicle.
Unfortunately for Fisker, this isn't the first time its cars have caught fire, and is another blow to a company which has faced constant setbacks since releasing its range-extended luxury sedan.
Fisker has confirmed it will investigate as soon as the storm-ravaged port is re-opened.