Luxury lithium-powered cars burn to the ground during Hurricane Sandy

About 16 Fisker Karmas, luxury hybirds powered by lithium batteries, caught fire and burned to the ground on Saturday after they were submerged with sea water during Hurricane Sandy.

Jalopnik—a Gawker media site which is running off Tumblr while it gets its servers back online—has the photos of the cars, which were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey.

The Finnish plug-in hybrids cost over US$100,000 each. The company has no comment on what might have caused the fire.

Fisker Automotive has suffered series of setbacks. Last year it had to issue a recall due to battery coolant leaks.

After the Hurricane Sandy news the car maker released the following statement:

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.