Good Karma?

So I just put down a (refundable) deposit on a Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid car.

What do you think of this decision?

  • George Haritos via Facebook sez: “Pretty sweet car! How much electricity does it take to charge it? Do you have solar power in your garage?”

    I haven’t looked into the electricity requirements, but if it’s at all like the Tesla, it would take 24 hours on a regular three-pronged outlet (and 12 hours using a modified outlet that’s supplied). What does that translate to?

    The solar question brings up a good point about all plug-in electric devices, which is that unless you are off the grid, most likely the electricity is generated via oil or coal. I don’t have a solar installation, but eventually will.

    My personal argument for plug-in hybrid even without being off the grid is fourfold: (1) it removes a big hurdle for the buyer, and once clean electricity sources are readily available and affordable to plug-in owners, the switchover will be painless and a no-brainer; (2) for the purveyors of personal clean energy, having a battalions of plug-in vehicles deployed creates some latent demand for their product; (3) I suspect it’s easier to sequester emissions centrally at the power plant than through car emissions; (4) any related, once you electricity supplier switches to clean forms, you are automatically taking advantage of this in your automobile carbon footprint.

  • Oh, and (5) it sends a signal to people who respect my decisions that it may be something for them to look into as well :-)

  • You don’t seem like someone that takes uncalculated risks and after reading your post and visiting the Fisher Karma web site I think this is a great decision. The car is not only striking, but the prospect of getting 100 miles per gallon over the course of a year (assuming this might be slightly overstated to actuals) is incredible.

    Even if you had to source your electricity from public utilities this investment should drasticly reduce your overall carbon footprint. In time if you can obtain your electricity off grid through solar or geological sources it’s even better.

    Personally I believe that Smart Grid technology which eliminates the vast amount of waste in our electric grid and the advent of better performing electric vehicle technologies to the masses will eventually make the conversion from fossil fuel technologies no only desirable, but likely accelerate the market for these vehicles to mainstream.

    When everyone can buy a car that gets 100 miles to a gallon you will not only be a catalyst of change, but a forward looking purveyor of Good Karma.

    In the end, I’d just like a ride. That car sure is sharp!

  • Daniel

    Well, it sure seems to be the right model…and I’d probably rather have a Karma than of a Volt. Then again, does the current (bad) situation with Tesla worry you at all? (I realize they make all electric cars)

    Does Fisker have more capital and better management? (than Tesla)

    Why should I believe that Fisker has made a good car that will work as advertised and which they will be able to support into the future?

  • @Daniel, I almost put a deposit down on Tesla after test driving it for the following reason. Even though it’s a hefty sum, it is refundable and the demand for the car far exceeds the supply. I figured if nothing else it was an arbitrage play with social benefit. After they announced some bad news pursuant to the financial crisis, I got nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get my money back and they wouldn’t be able to deliver the car.

    I haven’t looked into Fisker’s capital and management structure but the deposit was one tenth that of Tesla’s so it fell below my threshold.

    I’m interested in any and all info or opinions on Fisker, Tesla and the future of electric vehicles.