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2012 Fisker Karma: Consumer Reports First Drive

Posted in Domestic Rides, Educational, Fisker, General, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | March 23rd, 2012 | 2 Responses |

Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma has been a long time in coming. It’s been plagued with financial issues, development problems and last but not least, poor reviews. However all of these things are bound to happened when you introduce a brand new product to the market which is exactly the case with the Fisker. Think of the Karma as a REALLY REALLY nice Chevrolet Volt, as what I mean to say is that both cars seat four adults, both are electric with a range extending generator and both were big gambles. In the Volt’s case though, there was the backing of a major automotive manufacturer, whereas the Fisker, well, really didn’t have that security. Either way though it’s great first attempt at creating a high-end electric car for the high-brow family. Click through to hear what Consumer Reports has to say about it and enjoy.

Source: ConsumerReports.org

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2 Responses

  1. Dude says:

    The reviewer sounds like Kip from Napoleon Dynamite!

  2. djrosa says:

    i could go on and on about the inherent problems with the fisker karma but today ill stay on the problem with seriel hybrids (i:e a hybrid where the i.c.e powers a generator that powers the electric engine). the reason you want a electric engine is how efficient they are 95% or something like that but if you use a petrol engine to charge the electrical engine you get the efficiency loss of the petrol engine (c:a 40-50%) and the efficency loss of the electrical engine and you still have the same loss in the transmission and drivetrain. you also still have to use batteries which are heavy. now granted if you made a parrallell hybrid out of a gas turbine running on ethane or methane instead of a regular i:c:e you would get less efficiency loss and a better result. since a engine like that would be most efficiently be run at all times you wouldnt need a big battery pack and you could have a smaller combustion engine. also you wouldnt use fossile fuels which would be refreshing.