Something fishy is happenin’ with Fisker Automotive. Last year, the Company was prevented access to the remaining portion of a $529 million loan from the U.S. Energy Department because they missed key milestones associated with the loan.
Then, in May, in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb southwest of Houston and due east of a little town called Pecan Grove (there’s only one place to go for people looking to move away from Pecan Grove; Sugar Land), a Fisker Karma was destroyed in a garage fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but authorities do know that the car was not plugged in.
Then, on Friday of last week in Woodside, California (due west of Palo Alto and Stanford and Facebook), another Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid burst into flames. This fire wasn’t in a garage, though. It was in a parking lot.
Fisker’s engineers are investigating the cause, and initial diagnoses have ruled out the lithium-ion battery pack, new technology or exhaust routing. This Karma, like the one in Sugar Land, was not charging in the parking lot when it lit up. But Fisker thinks the origin of the fire was forward of the driver’s side front tire.
No one was injured in either of the fires. Fisker’s reputation, obviously, has been harmed. The company has sold 1,000 Karmas here in the U.S. Unfortunately, if you’re one of those 1,000 owners, you can’t be too happy with the odds of your car overheating, smoking, then melting on the pavement.
Is this just two random acts of fire, or cause for actual concern?