Fisker Karma Auto Insurance

June 27, 2014

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Fisker Karmas: Fun Facts

  • Justin Bieber received a Fisker Karma from his agent for his 18th birthday.
  • Fisker manufactured 2,450 models between 2011 and 2013, when they filed for bankruptcy.
  • A base model Karma weights 5,300 pounds.

Fisker Karma Safety Info

  • 8 airbags for 4 passengers
  • Good outward visibility
  • Traction control
  • Engine shutdown in event of a crash

About Fisker Automotive

Fisker Automotive’s first iteration was “Fisker Coachbuild,” a partnership between Henrik Fisker and Bernard Koehler that intended to revive the art of individually-designed high-end cars.  Both Fisker and Koehler had experience designing other luxury cars with Aston Martin, BMW, and Artega, among others. The pair branched into the hybrid market in 2008, when they introduced the Fisker Karma at the Detroit Auto Show.

The Karma was met with a series of hurdles, from inexplicable fires to lawsuits from Tesla to bankruptcy of their battery supplier.  In 2013, Fisker Automotive filed for bankruptcy, and they were subsequently acquired by a Chinese auto parts group.

About the Fisker Karma

When it came to the Karma, the one thing reviewers could agree upon was the fact that it looks really cool.  The Karma is a sleek luxury hybrid sedan, with a unique look and a considerable price tag. Originally made and marketed in Finland, Fiskar received a grant from the U.S. government in 2010 to help defray the cost of transitioning the Karma into the American market.  This loan was frozen in February 2012 before Fiskar was not meeting its goals.

Unlike other electric cars, the Karma’s battery does not turn the drive train; rather, it powers a generator which sends power to the drive motors. The 2012 model of the Karma also included an “EcoChic” option which contained no animal products, and uses only reclaimed wood and recycled material.  All models have “stealth” mode, which is the battery-only option, and “sport” mode, which switches on the gasoline-powered engine for more power.

The Karma has an unfortunate history of manufacturing defects and fires of unknown origin; Consumer Reports was vastly unimpressed with the vehicle, listing a litany of issues, described as “compromises inherent in the car’s basic design and execution”, from cramped interior to a noisy engine. Still, the six-figure price tag is enough to make the car attractive, and celebrities from Justin Bieber to Carlos Santana have been spotted driving the Karma, in spite of the fact that it doesn’t seem to be a very good car.

Fisker Karma Environmental Impact

The Fisker Karma has an electric-only range of 32 miles, and the hybrid range (fully charged battery and full tank of gas) is 230 miles.  Fisker and his company disagreed with the first number, stating that mileage depends on road conditions, and asserting that a fully charged battery should be able to go up to 50 miles, in proper conditions.

The EPA rates the Karma at 52mpg city/highway, but the German Technical Inspection Association says in sport mode, the car only achieves 26 mpg, but it can go up to 50 miles in stealth mode.

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