The car was not charging at the time, and Fisker said the fire was not caused by problems with the vehicle's lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components or exhaust routing.
The Daily Tech relates:
A Fisker Karma driver from Woodside, California parked his hybrid at the grocery store... and after grabbing the items he needed, returned to the parking lot to find that his vehicle was on fire.
He called the manufacturer immediately, who then told him to call 911. The Woodside Fire Department arrived to put out the fire, saying there was considerable damage to the front left area of the car.
Fisker Automotive's Karma is a plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan that goes for about $102,000 and up.
This fire is the second occurrence this year. Back in May 2012, a Karma plug-in was held responsible for a house fire in Houston, Texas. Before that, Fisker and A123 Systems, which is the battery maker for Fisker's Karma, recalled over 200 batteries for the Karma. No fires had occurred at that point yet, but A123 Systems said that a poorly positioned hose clamp could potentially be the cause of such issues.
The firefighters were seemingly recorded putting out the fire. Watch the clip, via Jalopnik:
Fisker is currently investigating the cause of the fire, but does not yet have any concrete answers.
According to the New York Times, the government approved $529 million in guaranteed loans for the company, but it has still struggled to maintain its workforce, laying off 66 workers earlier this year.
Commenters have noted a number of interesting aspects about the story.
"Ironic isn't it? They put all their money in a car to have zero emissions. Now how [many pollutants] are being expelled as it burns?" one asked.
A Jalopnik reader added: "Wait. His first response to 'oh dear, my exceedingly expensive car is on fire' was to CALL FISKER? That...Is just not even something I can comprehend."
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)