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Old 07-30-2019, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Living in an all seasons climate, (MI) I am interested in your opinion on storing a Karma during the winter months.

With the potential of not being able to drive it as-is during the winter ice/snow months. Potentially Nov-March ... 5 months+ ... Would you leave on a trickle charge for 5 months and be fine? ... start up every couple of weeks in the garage and go nowhere due to snow and be fine? ... remove the 12v battery completely and let the car sit for 5 months and be fine? ... drive with winter wheels/tires as much as possible to keep the car moving and deal with the salt/roads during MI winters and be better off?

Let me know your thoughts and if you are an owner in a climate that you are unable to drive year round.

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Living in an all seasons climate, (MI) I am interested in your opinion on storing a Karma during the winter months.

With the potential of not being able to drive it as-is during the winter ice/snow months. Potentially Nov-March ... 5 months+ ... Would you leave on a trickle charge for 5 months and be fine? ... start up every couple of weeks in the garage and go nowhere due to snow and be fine? ... remove the 12v battery completely and let the car sit for 5 months and be fine? ... drive with winter wheels/tires as much as possible to keep the car moving and deal with the salt/roads during MI winters and be better off?

Let me know your thoughts and if you are an owner in a climate that you are unable to drive year round.

Thanks
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Al of the above is a good idea but I wouldnt remove the 12 volt battery you might loose the wakeup signal for the vcm. Plus you don't need to remove it the battery has a disconnect under the hood. If you run the car in the garage you should let it run for the better part of 45 minutes to charge the 12 volt battery.
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Thanks for the reply. Any chance of other things going wrong, or malfunctioning in a Karma if the car is not driven for 5 months?

Also, if you need to replace the 12v battery due to age, is there a risk of loosing the wakeup signal for the vcm during the process of fitting a new battery?

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Living in an all seasons climate, (MI) I am interested in your opinion on storing a Karma during the winter months.

With the potential of not being able to drive it as-is during the winter ice/snow months. Potentially Nov-March ... 5 months+ ... Would you leave on a trickle charge for 5 months and be fine? ... start up every couple of weeks in the garage and go nowhere due to snow and be fine? ... remove the 12v battery completely and let the car sit for 5 months and be fine? ... drive with winter wheels/tires as much as possible to keep the car moving and deal with the salt/roads during MI winters and be better off?

Let me know your thoughts and if you are an owner in a climate that you are unable to drive year round.

Thanks
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I am not in a cold weather party of the country, but for various reasons my Fisker goes months without being driven at times. One of the more recent software updates made it so that the 12 volt battery gets charged when the drive battery is plugged in. So, I have left the car for up to 4 months with just the normal drive battery plugged in. When I would start to drive it, it sometimes takes a bit for all the software to "wake up" but I've not had a problem.
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Thanks. Is it the 235 software upgrade you are referring to?
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Thanks for the reply. Any chance of other things going wrong, or malfunctioning in a Karma if the car is not driven for 5 months?

Also, if you need to replace the 12v battery due to age, is there a risk of loosing the wakeup signal for the vcm during the process of fitting a new battery?

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I haven't read of any such issues when performing a battery change, and I changed mine a few months ago without any issues.

I would think that it would take a certain amount of time with no charge for this to happen, but I have no idea how long that is.
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