I am SHOCKED to learn that another green tech investment of the Obamanauts turns out to be yellow and a lemon:
Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken.
We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. Our technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual to interpret the warning. At that point, the transmission went into Neutral and wouldn’t engage any gear through its electronic shifter except Park and Neutral.
We let the car sit for about an hour and restarted it. We could now engage Drive and the same error message disappeared. After moving it only a few feet the error message reappeared and when we tried to engage Reverse the transmission went straight to Park and again no motion gear could be engaged. After calling the dealer, which is about 100 miles away, they promptly sent a flatbed tow truck to haul away the disabled Fisker.
We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.
Maybe this is all part of Obama’s new job plan, centered around the industry of recovering these and other $100K lemons and recycling them, and what will finally save the economy and the planet! This stuff can’t be made up. Too funny.
I always thought the electric car would create new and exciting jobs. I just didn’t think that the jobs it would be create would be in the fire-fighting and home rebuilding industries:
An electric vehicle manufacturer that received a $529 million loan from the Energy Department is recalling 239 vehicles.
The Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Thursday that the company, Fisker Automotive, will recall its Karma vehicles made between July 1, 2011, and Nov. 3, 2011, because of a faulty electric battery component that could cause a fire.
Oh yeah, about those jobs:
The administration has come under fire for issuing the loan after ABC News reported in October that Fisker is making its vehicles in Finland because it could not find a contractor in America to manufacture them.
But the Energy Department has countered that the loan was intended to help Fisker develop the vehicles, which the company did in the United States.
Look, electric vehicles are new technology. We’ve had over a century to develop gas-powered cars to the point where the most dangerous part is the sack of meat behind the wheel. So it’s not surprising that electric cars have problems, although the spectacular nature of the problems is a bit shocking. And maybe Fisker will recover and become the next century’s Ford.
But did we need to loan half a billion dollars for this? They couldn’t find some private lender like Warren Buffet (now ridiculously called the fifth most admired man in America because 2% of Americans said so)? The government should not be financing speculative technology; especially not at the cost of basic fundamental research.
Pull the plug on this whole program, guys.