After breaking down during a routine speedometer calibration run, the Fisker Karma died on Consumer Reports sometime last week. After spending 48 hours at the local Fisker dealership, the Karma is now back in the publication’s fleet with a new battery.
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According to Consumer Reports:
Our problem occurred during routine speedometer calibration runs on our test track, part of the standard procedures for checking in new vehicles. This exercise involves running the car up to 65 mph to check the accuracy of the speedometer. With the warning light on and chime sounding what would become a death knell, we coasted to a halt next to our maintenance garage, where the car went into Neutral, and would then only move from Neutral to Park. After letting the car sit for an hour, we were able to restart and move the vehicle, but the error message reappeared and it again locked in gear when parked.
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Consumer Reports said that the dealer found a fault in the battery and the inverter cable and both were replaced. The publication praised the dealerships for keeping them up-to-date throughout the process and cleaning the car and charging it up before giving it back.
Refresher: Power for the Fisker Karmacomes from Fisker’s Q-DRIVE system, which is made up of two 201-hp electric-motors that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. That allows the 2010 Karma to travel up to 50 miles without the use of any gasoline. A generator attached to a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec direct injection engine provides an extended range of up to 300 miles. 0 to 60 mph comes in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. The Karma’s battery can be recharged in less than 6 hours using the same 240v household current.
– By: Omar Rana