Report: Fisker Loses Over 300 Karmas To Hurricane Sandy

4 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 7

Over 300 Karmas Waiting on Delivery To Dealerships Were Lost During Hurricane Sandy

Originally, it was estimated that Fisker had lost up to 16 Karmas when a fire broke out at a New Jersey port during Hurricane Sandy, now it appears that estimate was a little low.

Fisker Karma Fire Aftermath (via Port Authority of NY & NJ)

The Wall Street Journal (sub) says an entire shipment was lost during the storm, and Karma losses to the storm numbered more than 300.

According to Fisker spokesperson Roger Ormisher, the cars are “completely done,” but that the $100,000+ extended range vehicles were all insured, and that it should not have any material impact on the auto maker.  Other than losing 300+ cars heading to customers and inventory of course.

In total, the port has lost about 16,000 vehicles to the storm, with Toyota potentially writing off 4,000 cars of their own.

The earlier report of 16 cars burning, turned out to be a result of corrosion from residual salt (left after the Karmas were submerged in saltwater) on a Vehicle Control Unit that caught fire when powered by one of the car’s 12V batteries, and was not connected to anything related to the Karma’s 20 kWh lithium battery.  High winds apparently caused the fire to jump to other nearby Karmas.

In respect to the lost inventory, the Fisker spokepoerson said the automaker should not have any difficulty meeting demand as there is available inventory in the U.S at the dealerships. Apparently, were being held at the port awaiting dealership to claim them as they were needed.  This inventory will now be replenished from more stock from Fisker’s assembly plant (through Valmet Automotive) in Finland.

Wall Street Journal (sub)

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7 responses to "Report: Fisker Loses Over 300 Karmas To Hurricane Sandy"

  1. vdiv says:

    Anyone up for a cheap, never used, and slightly salted Karma? Call Fisker’s insurance company.

    In all seriousness I don’t think most of us not living in the NY-NJ-CT tri-state area fully comprehend the disaster that Sandy left.

  2. Rashiid Amul says:

    This is enough to make a grown man cry. I would have happily taken one of them off of their hands.

    1. Mike-o-Matic says:

      Yes, it does bring a tear to one’s eyes. If money were no object, I as well wouldn’t mind having one of them.

      I can assure you, however, that I would NOT Bieber-it-all-up with a chrome full-body wrap 🙂

      BTW Rashiid, long time no see over at the G M V O L T site. Visit sometime, you were one of my favorite regulars there, back in the day.

      1. kdawg says:

        Show me the Car Fax! 🙂

  3. Randy Gaston says:

    So how come when i drop a cell from a fisker or tesla battery pack in a bucket of salt water they DO eventually explode? Who is lying?

  4. Driverguy01 says:

    battery pack most likely are sealed, nobody lied to you…

  5. BlindGuy says:

    What did Mr. Fisker do, to deserve all this karma? I hope his EVs succeed so he can start producing affordable EVs for the masses. Good luck Mr. Fisker.