Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Car Pr0n #111

Five more and we're onto a new schtick...


2011 Fisker Karma. Another boutique electric-only vehicle that costs more than a modest house. And catches fire if it gets wet...

The Karma was plagued by problems throughout its short life. Pre-orders for the car were taken as early as 2008, yet the car wasn't delivered until 2011. It was sold for two years, at which point financial difficulties pushed the electric manufacturer into bankruptcy. Allegedly it's making a comeback through a Chinese company, but time will tell.

The big problem, of course, were the fire reports. An initial recall focused on potential fire from battery leaks. Later, individual fires were reported, some stemming from cars not even plugged in. Hurricane Sandy and intensive flooding saw even more fires, and the Karma never really recovered - not to mention getting sued by Tesla over design elements...

Other than that, it was a fine automobile...

That is all.

7 comments:

Lupis42 said...

The Fisker wasn't electric only - it was electric drive, with a gas generator on board, not unlike the Volt.

It's kind of unfortunate that idiots and subsidy seekers keep bringing that kind of powertrain into a road vehicle, because it seems like an ideal fit for a heaving hauling/towing vehicle, (the most common existing application is in freight trains). Unfortunately, it's probably going to be killed by association for a while.

Mark Matis said...

But surely EVERYONE already knows that sometimes Karma can be a bitch...
}:-]

Old NFO said...

Yep, Karma... :-)

Jim said...

My Karma ran over my Dogma. No, it wasn't a Fiskar.

It was a Karma Ghia.

*rimshot*

Try the veal, and don't forget to tip your waitress!



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Bradley said...

at least the fisker and the Tesla are sexy looking cars, unlike the volt, the only time a volt looks hot is when they catch on fire.

Evyl Robot Michael said...

My first exposure to the Fisker Karma was an odd one. I saw one parked in my church parking lot. I immediately pulled up Google.

Ed said...

Remember,
what goes around comes around,
unless it is on fire,
in which case it tends to stop.
You hope.