A Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports sedan mysteriously caught fire last week while parked in Woodside, California. The car was not plugged in at the time, according to a report by , and no one was injured during the blaze. A video has been posted online, showing the car from a distance as firefighters extinguish the fire. Investigations into the source of the fire are ongoing.
With a starting price in excess of $100,000, the curvaceous Karma sedan turns heads as much for its outrageous looks as any green credentials. Once its electric-only driving range of 50 miles runs out, a 260-bhp 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected inline-4 acts as an onboard generator for an additional 250 miles of range. In Sport Mode, the Karma accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
In theory, the Fisker Karma should be a hit, especially considering its celebrity clientele. Yet quality issues have plagued the Anaheim-based automaker. A similar incident in which a Karma inexplicably catching fire occurred earlier this year in Texas. And consumer watchdog Consumer Reports had to have a Karma test car flat-bedded after a mechanical failure.
Our time with the Karma has been less dramatic, thankfully. During a test drive of a 2012 Karma, we found the car "entertaining, tossable, capable and fun." We also noted that some interior materials weren't up to snuff for a car in this price range, and uneven roads brought out "errant rattles."