Skip to comments.Fisker Karma car dies in Consumer Reports testing [Another green machine bites the dust]
Posted on 03/08/2012 11:17:18 PM PST by Zakeet
A $100,000-plus Fisker Automotive luxury sports car died during Consumer Reports speed testing this week for reasons that are still unknown, leaving the struggling electric car startup with another blow to its image.
"It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday.
In a statement, Fisker said it was assessing the source of the problem that caused its Karma plug-in hybrid to fail. Fisker dispatched two engineers Wednesday night to examine the car.
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 has already recalled some Karmas and in January it halted Karma sales for four days to fix a software malfunction that at times triggered warning lights while temporarily freezing navigation systems.
In December, Fisker recalled 239 Karmas due to a possible defect in batteries made by A123 that could cause a coolant fluid leak and electrical short circuit.
The previous month, A123 reduced its full-year revenue outlook after Fisker unexpectedly cut orders.
Fisker builds the Karma in Finland and plans to build a second model, the Nina sedan, at its Wilmington, Delaware plant, a former General Motors Co factory.
The Karma's issue will not affect Consumer Reports' reliability rating for the car because those scores are based on feedback from owners who subscribe to the magazine
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You stupid taxpayers don't need to worry about the money spent on this green crap ... cause we'll make a working hybrid electric golf cart ... eventually ... perhaps
I have only two things to say:
Imagine how disconcerting the taxpayers’ cost is!
If we all contributed two cents, maybe we could buy Obummer something electric. And I’m not thinking about a car.
Before becoming a congresscritter, Campbell used to be a car dealer.
Please, Mr. Champion.....allow me to fix your Understatement of the Year thusly:
""It is a f**king embarrassment and a cast iron ripoff of the American taxpayers who subsidized this P.O.S. that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday.
So, Ubanga is paying back some more campaign donors, I presume.
Ugly, uncomfortable looking, crazy overpriced, crooked crony capitalist clown car runs for 180 mile then breaks down.
Well at at least it didn’t blow up like the usual ObamaMobile.
Karma's a BITCH !!!
Developed by former Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker, the Karma is the first in a planned series of offering from California start-up Fisker Motors. The goal was to develop a striking, high-performance sports car that also could lay claims to being a green machine.
But the official numbers from the EPA dont quite support that. Balancing the cars electric and gasoline performance in a series of simulations the feds came up with a 52 MPGe rating. And while thats on a par with what one might expect from the decidedly slower and less stylish Toyota Prius, its well short of the makers promised 67.2 MPGe, or miles-per-gallon equivalent.
Range, meanwhile, came in at just 32 miles on battery power alone compared to Fiskers anticipated 50 miles per charge.
And since that means the vehicle will likely be driven a lot more often on gasoline power alone the EPAs other figure might be equally disappointing, with the car rated at just 20 miles per gallon in the combined cycle.
All this electric car nonsense is merely Premier Hussein’s version of the Russian Lada.
Wimpy John campbell congressman (R) from CA. was pimping the Fiskar
as a marvelous revolutionary car. I guess he bought one.
What an idiot Rhino!
I have this vision of a commercial where a Ford
Mustang pushes an electric car into a well as
the guy from “300” says...”This is AMERICA!”.
I think their Karma ran over their dogma...
I'm sorry but my karma just ran over your dogma.
The first time I saw that joke was a bumper sticker on an old Karmann Ghia in Ft. Collins about 1986. Seemed to fit so well.
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