Fisker Karma Solyndra on Wheels Fantastical Andrew Fox

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Fisker Karma

Fantastical Andrew Fox

Fisker Solyndra on Wheels?

Fisker can you say, crony capitalism?

Our tax at work a half-billion dollar (actually $529 million) the U.S. Department of Energy to a hybrid toy for the wealthy and/or (like Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the customers) that, in real driving, won t get much better than your average utility vehicle. Not only but the cars are manufactured in Finland s right, Finland   and shipped for sale, where their will then receive a tax credit for buying one (the base model starts at with the full-zoot Eco Chic going for a bargain $108,900).

I try to keep this blog much clear of politics. But I ll an exception for this. Staring out the of my lunch room this I saw something intriguing enough to get me to down my lunch and get myself out a gray, drizzly afternoon to it out. Across the street my building, a very large transport truck with a enclosed trailer unloaded cars of a type I had never before.

They looked somewhat big, four-door Chevy with voluptuous curves to a sleek rear end. on the sidewalk next to the cars around them and took with their camera

I headed downstairs to see what the the cars were. I thought might be one of the new four-door luxury models from either or Fisker, which I d read but hadn t yet seen pictures of. threw me, though, was spotting a gas tank door on the rear s side flank, plus exhausts.

Not electric . I thought. By the I got downstairs and across the street, the had been moved a block to the front of the Mandarin Oriental a luxury hotel in Southwest DC. I spotted the driver of the auto rig and asked him what he d been He said four of the brand-new Karma performance hybrid Oh, gas-electric hybrids . I thought; explains the gas tank and the exhausts.

 He said he d had the devil of a time into this corner of Washington. Most of the city s had been off-limits to his giant and then he had found several streets blocked by Occupy DC taking place at MacPherson our local version of Occupy Street. He said this was s big roll-out. The head of the Mr.

Fisker himself, was present at the Oriental Hotel to do a press

I walked over to the front of the to get a look at the cars. Pretty nice, I ll certainly admit, a sleek roof lined solar panels that, to the company s claims, give up to additional miles per week of driving. While I was standing admiring the four identical cars lines, a cabby his ratty old Crown Victoria and over next to me, a look of admiration on his face. Nice, but it s not for the of you and me, I said.

He nodded a little sadly, the cars, then returned to his

I recalled reading that the government had become a major partner in Fisker Automotive. That explain the official rollout place in Washington. When I got to my computer, I looked up the specifics. We the are on the hook for more than a billion dollars, about the amount that got loaned to another green manufacturer, they went bankrupt. At Solyndra was manufacturing their in this country, providing manufacturing jobs (if short-lived and making a product that Americans could conceivably

Fisker Karma

Fisker is manufacturing these Leonardo DiCaprio toys in And the kicker, for those of you who would claim that the risk of a billion tax dollars is justified by gains contrary to the company s hype, the Karma will run for thirty-two miles on its electric before its turbocharged gasoline needs to kick in (as opposed to the estimate of fifty miles). that occurs, the Karma about the same mileage as a Explorer. Not the new Explorer, even.

The older, gas-hog, body-on-frame We re talking twenty miles per . folks. So much for your investment.

Those Occupy Street-types in their tents at Square? If they really, are bugged by corporate welfare, need to schlep  their and their chants and their over to the Mandarin Oriental Right now.

 Because the Karma is where the rubber the road when it comes to welfare.

I have no problem a group of entrepreneurs raising from private investors to a hundred thousand dollar toy for folks who want to flaunt eco-consciousness. When and if that s the may they have all the mazel in the But damn, it steams me up when my and every family in America are to pay for it.

Update . The analysts at , the ultimate to cleaner, greener driving, that the Fisker Karma may the entire Department of Energy program. Given that, in a of EPA mileage ratings between the two made (scare quotes due to the Karma being manufactured in with its electric motors and being sourced from plug-in hybrids now on the market, the Volt and the Fisker Karma, the is rated at 94 MPGe in electric and 37 mpg on gasoline, with an electric of 35 miles, whereas the Karma is at 54 MPGe in electric mode; 20 mpg in mode, with an electric of just 32 miles, they may be right to worry. Oh, and Fisker left out that little about 20 mpg in range-extended mode in press releases sent out in the few days. Details are for the little don t you know

Update #2 . Howdy to all you Instapundit Hope you enjoy your And if you happen to enjoy science with a Libertarian outlook, you may to check out my third novel, The Humor Man, or, Calorie . It s just been reissued by Publications as a Kindle ebook .

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