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For our latest Green Overdrive show we take a peek at Fisker’s extended range electric car the Karma.

Ray Lane's Fisker Karma

Fisker has finally delivered some of the first Karma electric cars to its customers, including Kleiner Perkins Partner Ray Lane. While we already brought you photos and an interview with Lane earlier this week, we couldn’t resist making the Karma the subject of our latest GigaOM TV Green Overdrive show.

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  1. David Prins Friday, July 29, 2011

    A bit disappointed they didn’t take you for a ride

    1. honestly, I like my volt. Can’t afford $100K gamble with an unknown company (Fisker) and support (Tesla); got this for $50K, rest in the bank. It does exactly same thing as a fisker for half the price with a reliable brand! 40 mile range, gets me through the town most times. I have only filled up once in last 2 months only due to couple long drives I took. Same exact princple too: ICE and batteries pushing the motor that drives the wheels. The cutover is amazingly smooth (does shake intermittantly after a while due to load).
      Back to fisker, I believe that even the VP of sales had no clue about technology. 240 volts chargers take about 1/3 time of 110 volt chargers! I got one free from DOE. Tesla S claims to charge fully in 45 minutes. Batteries are most expensive parts in these cars. Time to market is key. Tesla has been promising “S” for longtime. Volt is here, and I get all the honks and thumbs today! Love it, honestly! Keep up the good work.

      1. Unfortunately the Volt is ugly as sin and the Leaf is worse. I wouldn’t be seen in either.

  2. Katie Fehrenbacher Friday, July 29, 2011

    @David Prins, me too! :)

  3. George Nostej Friday, July 29, 2011

    The interior of this thing looks tiny! I wonder if a normal 6′ male could drive it comfortably.

  4. why did the interview lady ask if this sedan competed with the Tesla Roadster LOL horrible interview time to do some research before asking questions

    1. I guess because Tesla and Fisker are the “hottest” brands in green vehicles. Might have been better to ask how they expect it to compete with the Model S (which will be up to $50k cheaper).

      I prefer the look of the Karma, and the price premium is worth having the reassurance of an ICE.

      1. Never mind the fact the Roadster is leaving the market within months and won’t even be purchasable. It will be intriguing to see how the most expensive Model S ($80K, 300 mile range) fares against the Karma. It’s much cheaper, won’t have the snob appeal, won’t quite match the raw acceleration, but will likely outperform it in highway maneuvering. The big “weakness” of Model S will be that recharging it will take at least 20 minutes on a level 3 charger vs. a quick fill up on Karma (although you’re burning gas at that point to make your electricity and your enviro street cred is gone until you plug in). Many of us drive less than 300 miles in a week and could use a Model S for pretty much everything we do travel wise assuming we could hit a level 3 along the way on our longest trips, even if for 10-15 minutes.

        I’m not overly bullish on the Karma, but I don’t think Fisker is either. This was never supposed to be a $100K car originally and is currently not supposed to be the car on which the company is really built. That’ll be Project Nina.

      2. “Model S will be that recharging it will take at least 20 minutes”. Right and I saw a unicorn the other day. The top of the line Model S with 300 mile range is not going to charge in 20 minutes – the batteries would explode.

  5. I had the opportunity to drive a near production version of the Karma, and it will comfortably fit a 6′ person. The back seats are snug, but again, very comfortable. This is not intended to compete with the Tesla S. That will be their next model, the Nina. When compared to a Panamera, S Class, or 7 Series, the $100,000 price tag is a reasonable value. This car provides you with the opportunity to drive advanced technology wrapped in one of the sexiest packages on the market.

  6. Great! At such low cost we should all get one! Green Overdrive Video: The Fisker Karma #Cleantech News and Analysis http://t.co/3NibWKfK

  7. R. Sylvain Bedard Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    Green Overdrive Video: The Fisker Karma http://t.co/vHYel8GR

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