Friday, November 2, 2012

You Can't Spell Schadenfreude Without A Dictionary...

Holy crap. This is too funny. Thanks to MadSaintJack for the tip!

More Than A Dozen Fisker Karma Hybrids Caught Fire And Exploded In New Jersey Port After Sandy
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.
I really don't know what to say except, perhaps, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Someone want to tell me how good electric cars are for the environment, again? Remind me how the melting plastic in the engine compartment is good for the air quality? My Earthf**ker may burn a lot of gasoline, but at least my truck has never caught fire while I was grocery shopping. We won't even get into the whole "fossil fuel vs. coal powered" debate for this exercise; I'll wait until a Hummer spontaneously combusts and takes out someone's home before we can talk.

I think the real kicker is that the Karma is like the ne plus ultra of the green movement. It's all-electric (read: all coal or nuke), so it doesn't use any of those icky fossil fuels - but, better than that, it costs into the six figures, so the celebs and beautiful people that buy one to feel smug don't have to share the experience with any commoner who can drop $30K on a Prius. It's hip, edgy, and outside the reach of anyone that didn't pull in a million dollar paycheck for their last movie and/or album - not like those plebian hybrids that any Joe Six-pack can afford.

Oh, Karma, you are so thoroughly named correctly...

That is all.

5 comments:

Bubblehead Les. said...

So, can it even be driven in the rain w/o turning into a Zippo?

lee n. field said...

Uhhh, coal is a fossil fuel.

Ritchie said...

Just to take a token kick at fairness, the design specs probably don't include prolonged immersion in salt water, that conductivy stuff. Note to future self-if it's raining sea water, check for bigger problems. In swerve from the wayback files, "Dude, your Karma went Pinto!"

Jay G said...

Ritchie,

I'd be *far* more inclined to agree with you if other Karmas HADN'T burst into flames when not submerged in sea water. There's two links there to stories where Karmas spontaneously combusted while just sitting, parked.

Now, maybe the owners of those cars were doing something wrong; that cannot be ruled out, certainly. It just seems rather funny that we have a series of events whereby these very expensive cars just decide to go Tibetan monk...

Anonymous said...

Umm, Jay, the article says they have a small motor, so how are they "all electric"?

SteveA