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Old 04-23-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Fisker having problems

Electric car maker Fisker is having a rough time according to an article in the WSJ. Low gas prices and poor quality seem to be a problem if the article is correct. Time will tell.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:42 AM   #2
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Three Thoughts on the Fisker Debacle | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

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As in any product category, there are good specimens and bad ones. The Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the Tesla Model S are all quick, quiet, well-engineered, technically sophisticated vehicles that point the way toward the future of the auto industry—a future in which drivers can choose what fuel they want to rely on for transportation. The Fisker Karma is just kind of a dud.
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The Fisker showroom in my neighborhood closed down a few months ago.

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Old 04-24-2013, 07:21 AM   #4
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It really was, in my mind a dud.
They would have been better off just making in a typical internal combustion engine driven car.
Stunningly beautiful car but it was a case of style over engineering.
They tried to make it 'environmentally friendly'. But it only got about 20mpg and a horrid 1.5 miles/kWh (the Leaf is around 4miles/kWh).

Then on top of that you add bad luck and poor business management...
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Fisker may be ok now that they're going to use corvette engines

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/01/vlp-destino/
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Fisker may be ok now that they're going to use corvette engines

Fisker Karma Gets a 638-HP Corvette Heart Transplant | Autopia | Wired.com
That isn't Fisker though, it is a third party buying Fisker shells.
This income will help, but there are only about 1000 Fisker bodies left.
Even if they are getting 50k for each, and sell all of them, that is only 50 Million. Their debt to the DOE is 148 Million and they haven't been building anything since last June or so.
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