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Watch As Another Fisker Karma Spontaneously Combusts, The $100K Electric Car Subsidized By U.S. Taxpayers That's Built In Finland

Update Aug. 20Fisker Recalls All Karma Hybrid EVs Over Fire Risk

Fisker Statement
The investigation located the ignition source to the left front of the Karma, forward of the
wheel, where the low temperature cooling fan is located. The final conclusion was that
this sealed component had an internal fault that caused it to fail, overheat and start a
slow burning fire.


Fisker Karma won a $529M super-low rate, green-energy loan in 2010, paid for by taxpayers. The vehicles carries an MSRP starting at $102,000.

The Karma above caught fire in a Woodside, CA parking lot while powered off.  The owner found the vehicle emitting smoke after returning from a grocery run, prompting a call to Fisker and then the local fire department, which arrived as it was already engulfed in flames.


Fisker Karma starts fire in Texas home:

This happened in early May.

A fire badly damaged the home of a new Fisker Karma owner, and authorities are saying that the electric car was the source of the blaze.

According to Fort Bend County, Texas, chief fire investigator Robert Baker, the Fisker Karma started the fire that spread to the house.

"Yes, the Karma was the origin of the fire, but what exactly caused that we don't know at this time," he said. The car was a complete loss.

According to Baker, the driver arrived home in the Fisker, pulled into the garage, and less than three minutes later the car was in flames. It reportedly was not plugged in at the time of the fire and the Karma's battery remains intact.

Right before the fire, the owner reported a smell of burning rubber.  "The car was brand-new," said Baker. "He still had paper tags on it, so it was 60 days old at most."


Congress complains about Solyndra, Fisker loans

Fisker Karma - $529 million loan from the U.S. but they aren't made in the U.S.



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Democrats campaign contributions continue to flow in from Fisker



"WASHINGTON -- A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.

The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla is a California startup focusing on all-electric vehicles, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns.

The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from companies that have had their bids for loans rejected, and criticism from groups that question why vehicles aimed at the wealthiest customers are getting loans subsidized by taxpayers."

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“This investment will create thousands of new American jobs and is another critical step in making sure we are positioned to compete for the clean energy jobs of the future,” said Secretary Chu.


Obama-Supporting Law Firm Advised on Failed Fisker Loan

Aug 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiberatedCitizen

New Fisker Fire, While Taxpayers Cover Utility Bills for Empty Plant

Aug 17, 2012 at 3:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiberatedCitizen
Giving Ford competition in automotive spontaneous combustion.
Aug 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterMr. Anderson
It only combusts if you deserve it!
Aug 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterBhudda
My Ass never combusted.
Aug 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterJ.H.C.
There goes 10 life times worth of carbon emissions, not to mention all the truely toxic emissions on top of theat. So much for green technology.
Aug 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM | Unregistered Commenterflstc
This is BS. A car made in Finland, putting Americans out of work, and if it fails, the American tax payer has to pony-up.
Seems to be this problem is either a design error or a manufacturing error, thus the failure is on their shoulders not ours.
Wake-up people. If we as an individual screwed up, we cannot go to the population at large and expect them to pay for our
short comings.

Thanks for allowing me to comment
Aug 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM | Unregistered Commentersandora
uh oh justin beiber better be careful
Aug 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM | Unregistered Commenterblah
Looks like the Fins can torch a car as good as GM, it just costs more.
Aug 18, 2012 at 7:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Aug 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Hey John, A couple of articles about electric cars that were actually produced and sold here in US. The Tropica looks pretty cool.


Aug 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT

Reun Brandon of Virginia, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, was arrested at his home without a warrant or due process
for posting patriotic meditations on liberty on Facebook. The FBI and Secret Service showed up along with the local police and took Mr. Branon to a mental hospital. (This is what they did tomany dissidents in the Soviet Union according to Alexandr Solzhenitsyn )
Aug 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterPatty Hankins
The stuff on his facebook page is tame compared with Alex Jones stuff and I haven't heard if AJ has been arrested or detained in any way.
Aug 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
What the hell is wrong with this company?

For months, it insists that it's only sold 1000 units globally. Then, company co-founder Henrick Fisker said just last week that roughly 1900 units had been BUILT.


Today we find out that the fire in Woodside, CA, which was supposedly caused by--get this--the car's combustible cooling fan, has forced the company to recall "about 2400 Karma sports sedans."


Undoubtedly Obama's handlers--in order to deflect attention away from the latest green energy project to blow up in the President's face, this time literally--will point to the new safety record set by Fisker Karma's recalli of well over 100% of all cars it's ever made.

You just knew this company was gonna be a mangy dog based solely on its name, which ranks up there with the creepy mail man, Mr. McFeely, who prowled around Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.
Aug 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Wow, that's pretty crazy. There aren't many consumers who would be comfortable with a car that brought that kind of risk with it.
Feb 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterDiamond Honda of Glendale
Another Tesla Model-S Caught On Fire While Sitting In A Toronto Garage This Month


Earlier this month, a Tesla Model S sitting in a Toronto garage ignited and caught on fire. The car was about four months old and was not plugged in to an electric socket, says a source.
Fires are a touchy issue for the company, which reports Q4 2013 earnings on February 19th.
Last year, three vehicles caught fire over the course of six weeks. The company has previously pointed out in a government filing that the lithium ion battery cells “have been observed to catch fire or vent smoke and flame.” So the fires have raised concerns with consumers and caused a flurry in the media — so much so that CEO Elon Musk has addressed the coverage of these fires himself.
Feb 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
It is a good news for automobile world. Such awards act as motivational scheme for marketing as well as collect feed backs. People always like to accept the latest and best one with a reasonable price. Electric car is one of these which is the latest invention of our automobile industry. Electric cars are environment friendly and good for our health. With this it is a fuel free car for why we save our money. If we think overall, we found that an electric car is more effective than a normal fuel car.

But still now it is consider as dead in market due to the lack of charging center. To day we can found several charging center in specific area.
Mar 29, 2014 at 7:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterClikero
Sep 14, 2016 at 9:44 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Tesla Moves Closer to Deal to Build Cars in China



Oct 22, 2017 at 11:45 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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