Impact: Fisker Karma breaks down During Consumer Reports Testing image

Unfortunately, Fisker is facing yet more embarrassing publicity surrounding its Karma plug-in hybrid, after the Karma electric vehicle died during Consumer Reports speed testing this week for reasons that are still unknown.

After a dashboard light illuminated to signify a problem, Consumer Reports was unable to get the car’s transmission to engage in a gear other than Park or Neutral.

“We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process,” Consumer Reports said in a statement.

Consumer Reports auto engineer Tom Mutchler explains what happened…

“It is low, it is sleek, it is sensuous. It’s also broken. Right here in the middle of our driveway. The car doesn’t go in gear. It doesn’t move,” he says.

The new car had to be towed away.

This news is the latest in a series of bad news for Fisker. Over the last month, Fisker changed its chief executive and halted work at its U.S. plant as it renegotiates the terms of a $529 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Fisker did make it a point that there are nearly 500 Karmas already rolling around the nation and acted quickly to pick up the dead car and are currently inspecting the vehicle.