An electric car for the Saab garage - which one? (Part 2)
There used to be an electric car that really fascinated me. Unfortunately it was ahead of its time, the external circumstances were not ideal and a number of factors led to the early exit. We're talking about the Fisker Karma Ecosport that Mark and I went to over 10 years ago Hamburg could test. The Fisker had a solar roof, which gave extra range and is pretty much hyped by some manufacturers today.
He also had a range extender under the hood.
The range extender was, purely by coincidence, the same 2 liter engine that is used in the Saab 9-5 NG. I liked the concept of the Fisker, but it wasn't thought through to the end. Because the Karma Ecosport weighed 2,5 tons. A weight that is now considered acceptable for electric cars, but is good for a lot of fine dust from tire wear. Weight is weight, it doesn't matter to the tires and the fine dust pollution, whether a heavy e-car or a combustion engine is responsible.
A smaller battery and lighter motor would have brought the weight down, the Karma would have been more efficient, and probably something along those lines was planned for 2014, with a smaller model. But Fisker said goodbye prematurely (for some time) from the market. Since then it has become quiet around the range extender technology, the purely electric car is considered ideologically untouchable. But there are courageous manufacturers, beyond the mainstream. And a technically interesting, intelligently made car that you can actually buy.
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