This Fisker Karma situation during a test by Consumer Reports seems to be getting out of hand. Last week, Consumer Reports said that a Karma that they purchased for $107,850 died on March 7 during speed calibration testing. Following the incident, Consumer Reports sent the Karma over to a local Fisker dealership where the battery and the inverter cable were replaced.
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Fisker’s new CEO Tom LaSorda sent a letter to customers today saying that the Karma shut down to protect itself from any damage.
“The Karma performed exactly as it was designed to,” LaSorda said in the letter. “The onboard diagnostics detected a fault and entered a protection mode that shut the car down to protect other components. We are sorry for the inconvenience this caused the customer.”
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LaSorda told customers of the Fisker that he is personally involved in the company’s initiatives and promised them ‘complete peace of mind.’ He went onto say that new technologies sometimes need ‘updates and refinements’ and that Fisker works to address customer concerns quickly.
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