Report: Fisker Karma dies during Consumer Reports test

It seems that Consumer Reports always faces many problems when testing a vehicle. Recently, during a test of the new Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sedan, the vehicle died for reasons that are still unknown.

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“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, said in an interview with Reuters.

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Even with a recent recall situation and a change of its CEO, I still think it’s early to jump to conclusions and say that the Karma is a failure. It seems the car is just plagued with bad Karma when it comes to being tested by some publications. I’m going to go ahead and agree with Top Gear and say that the Fisker Karma is definitely an outstanding automobile.

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Fisker released a statement saying that it was looking into the problem that caused the Karma to fail and has dispatched two engineers to examine the car.

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

Source: AutoNews