May 16, 2012, Silicon Valley, CA - A Fisker Karma electric vehicle suffered a massive flat tire, rendering the vehicle inoperable. The owner was forced to have the car towed to a Fisker dealership for repairs.
Within hours of the catastrophic tire failure, Fisker Director of Global Communications Roger Ormisher released the following statement:
"While our investigative team has not reached a definitive conclusion, we are certain that the Karma's battery was not the source of the flat tire. Our SWAT team has been scrambled to the site and should be wrapped up shortly. Early indications are that the vehicle may have contacted a broken curb, resulting in a sidewall failure."
Fisker Automotive has suffered a number of embarrasing public relations gaffes recently, including the failure of a Fisker Karma purchased by Consumer Reports, a Fisker Karma owned by a convicted felon catching on fire, and the publication of a photo of founder Henrik Fisker with several hairs out of place.
Fisker received a $529M loan from the Obama administration's Department of Energy for the development of electric vehicles. While this program was put in place under the Bush administration, it has been pushed heavily by President Obama. Informed sources say that the President wants to be remembered as the father of the electric car, in much the same way that Al Gore has been acknowledged as having invented the Internet.
Electric vehicle industry pundit Jon Bereisa, founder and Chief Consultant of JB EV BS Group, was contacted by this paper for his informed opinion on yet another failure of a Fisker Karma. He stated:
"I haven't seen the affected car yet, but in my considered opinion the problem is with the massive electric motors used to power the Karma. Their very strong magnets can cause metal objects in the road to be propelled toward the rear end of the Karma. I'm certain one of those metal objects punctured the sidewall. I don't know where Fisker gets off in thinking they should equip their vehicles with powerful electric motors and 22" wheels. At GM, we didn't see the need to employ such ostentatious technology on the EV1 and Volt."
A news video van from the San Jose outlet of a major TV network was on scene to film the Karma being mounted on the flatbed tow truck. When asked whether this footage could be expected to be shown on the 11PM newscast, the onsite director stated: "You're damn straight we'll be running this tonight. This is no ordinary flat tire. This is a flat tire on an EV. I'd lose my job if we were scooped by another network of this one."