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.
You mean if I buy one and it breaks down, they'll send a couple engineers out to fix it? I'm impressed. What customer service!
Oh, these are the two guys who designed the thing?
At least they have better customer service than Tesla. After a half dozen Tesla Roadster owners bricked their new cars by mismanaging the battery charge state, Tesla informed them that the only fix was a battery replacement, at a cost of $45,000 each.
Hey, DE auto workers, how good has that 0bambi guy been for you? Chrysler plant - sold to University of Delaware for pennies on the dollar and GM Boxwood plant - supposedly to build Fiskers, gathering dust and property taxes gone.
Go ahead, keep voting for the RATs; they care SOOO much about you./s
Look at the bright side of this, the tires and brakes will last a long, long time!
I think they ought to throw a big ol' V8 in it and recoup their investment.
This car is only half the price of a $250,000 Dolt!
Maybe they can just chnage the name to the Fisker Bad JuJu.
Not the only one to break down, either.
I read that Justin Beiber bought one too.
Beiber is said to be a singer.
He can afford to drive a gas hog.
Well Played !
“Driving at 7pm pst this evening and for the second time in two weeks at 70 miles per hour the “idiot lights” behind the steering wheel all light up the car goes dark including the headlights and then the dash disappears and after a few seconds it rebuilds itself. This is very dangerous and random...This condition is a safety issue and an accident/lawsuit waiting to happen.”
“As of today (March 6, 2012) Fisker Silicon Valley has had my Karma “in the shop” longer than I have driven the car. And the prospect of having it in the shop for another 2 weeks (or possibly longer) is making me really unhappy.”
I am drained from laughing at the green morons. Unfortunately, they are also draining taxpayers’ wallets.
Nice looking car if you could figure out how to drop in a turbo 6 and a 6 speed manual transmission.