Environment Transportation 16 Fisker Karma Cars Explode and Burn During Superstorm Sandy By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 Promo image. Fisker Share Twitter Pinterest Email Transportation Automotive Active Aviation Public Transportation Fisker/Promo image The gorgeous electric supercars couldn't cope with a superstorm; 16 of them were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey, and Jalopnik reports that "they were submerged in the storm surge, and then caught fire, exploded." (see amazing pictures on Jalopnik) Fisker issued a press release: It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in sea water during Superstorm Sandy. We can report that there were no injuries and none of the cars were being charged at the time.We have confidence in the Fisker Karma and safety is our primary concern. While we intend to find the cause as quickly as possible, storm damage has restricted access to the port.We will issue a further statement once the root cause has been determined. It might be that batteries and seawater don't mix.