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A strange thing happened last night (4/12/13). Just before dinnertime there was a knock at the door. Outside stood a policeman.
“Good evening, sir,” he said, looming over me.
“What can I do for you, officer?” I responded, trying to act nonchalant.
“Do you drive a Fisker Karma?”
“Y-yes,” I said. I had been out a little earlier, running an errand. All I could think about was that front license plate in the trunk. Or maybe I ran someone over while backing up.
“May I see the car?” he asked.
My mind was racing. Should I demand a search warrant?
Sensing my hesitancy, he quickly added, “How does it compare with a Tesla?”
I now saw where this was going. “Well, the cars have different missions,” I replied, breathing again. “If you’re traveling with a family of four, for example, the Tesla has more room for baggage. But the Fisker has a gasoline engine like the Volt, so that’s another consideration. C’mon, I’ll show it to you.”
For the next fifteen minutes we stood in my garage and talked about EVs. We shook hands, and as he turned to leave he said, “I’ll be going to the dealership for a test drive.”

 

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A strange thing happened last night (4/12/13). Just before dinnertime there was a knock at the door. Outside stood a policeman.
“Good evening, sir,” he said, looming over me.
“What can I do for you, officer?” I responded, trying to act nonchalant.
“Do you drive a Fisker Karma?”
“Y-yes,” I said. I had been out a little earlier, running an errand. All I could think about was that front license plate in the trunk. Or maybe I ran someone over while backing up.
“May I see the car?” he asked.
My mind was racing. Should I demand a search warrant?
Sensing my hesitancy, he quickly added, “How does it compare with a Tesla?”
I now saw where this was going. “Well, the cars have different missions,” I replied, breathing again. “If you’re traveling with a family of four, for example, the Tesla has more room for baggage. But the Fisker has a gasoline engine like the Volt, so that’s another consideration. C’mon, I’ll show it to you.”
For the next fifteen minutes we stood in my garage and talked about EVs. We shook hands, and as he turned to leave he said, “I’ll be going to the dealership for a test drive.”

Nice story, but do you think he can afford a Fisker on a police officers salary ?
 

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Favorite Karma story? Wow, there are a lot of them for this car. As we know, nothing attracts as much attention as our Fiskers!

One that makes me smile is the time about a year ago that we met friends for a drink and after, when walking to our cars in the garage we got to my Karma first. As I was to learn often happens, the camera phone comes out and pictures are being snapped, with one of our friends saying she just had to show this to her son who collects pics of cool cars. The next morning my email had a "it was good to see you" note with a photo attached. Her son had already captured a photo of my Karma earlier. (Knew it was mine, it was the only deep ocean in town at the time) :)

The number of people who photograph other people's cars was a new phenomena for me, a year later one I'm sure we've all grown accustomed to. The memory that makes me frown is the time I was driving down the freeway at around 65mph and I noticed that the driver of the car next to me was hanging out the window taking a photo of my Karma. I noticed because his car was weaving around. Scary! :mad:
 

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I wondered about that, too. But salaries and pensions are pretty high in Silicon Valley.
And the deals on the Karmas are getting better every day. :(
 

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The number of people who photograph other people's cars was a new phenomena for me, a year later one I'm sure we've all grown accustomed to. The memory that makes me frown is the time I was driving down the freeway at around 65mph and I noticed that the driver of the car next to me was hanging out the window taking a photo of my Karma. I noticed because his car was weaving around. Scary! :mad:
These cellphone photos were taken by an individual who didn't know what kind of car he was passing. He subsequently identified it online. When he learned I also had a Karma, he sent the photos to me. The shot with the Karma in the center of the right side view mirror must have been particularly difficult. The individual was driving alone at fairly high speeds, and had to control his car with his left hand, while leaning to the right to get the shot.

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And the deals on the Karmas are getting better every day. :(
Partly because the Karma's listed on autotrader.com are getting to be higher mileage cars that are also getting older (2014 model year cars in general are coming out in 5 months).
 

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My story is similar to Ira's.

About 2 seconds after pulling away from a red light, I saw flashing blue lights behind me. I pulled over and one of West Hollywood's finest came up to ask for license and registration. As I was rummaging through my glove box looking for my registration, I asked the officer what the problem was. He said "Oh, you have tinted windows." Now, the windows in my Fisker are tinted...but only *barely*. So, as a little thought bubble was forming above my head that said something along the lines of "Are you effing kidding me?!", the questions from the officer began: Is this a Fisker? How far does it go on a charge? Are those solar panels on the roof? Do they work? What happens when you run out of charge on the battery? Do you like it? How fast is it? And my favorite...How much did you pay for it? (Only in California would someone think that question was appropriate.)

When I couldn't find the registration, the officer said "Oh, don't bother. We're just looking for bad guys, and you clearly aren't a bad guy. Have fun with your car!"

Clearly, I'd been pulled over so he could ask me about the Karma. And that is some attention from the police that I don't necessarily mind!
 

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I'm going down the freeway when I notice I'm being paced by the car to my right. This goes on for a while when my daughter, who is sitting in the passenger seat, says "Dad, look at the car on the right". I look over and see the driver hanging out the window taking pictures of my car using both hands. We were doing 65 and the driver of the other car was the only occupant in that car. Scarry.

On another occasion, I'm pulling my Karma into my garage at home when a friend of my next door neighbor comes over. He says a friend just sent him a picture of a Karma taken in Palo Alto, which is across the bay from where I live. He shows me the picture then he says, Wait as he zooms in on the license plate. He then says, "Hey, that's your Karma". I work and commute across the bay and pass through Palo Alto.

The only time I've been stopped by the police was when they wanted to know what kind of car I was driving. They seemed to really like it. This was at Sonora Pass in the high Sierras.
 

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I was driving by in the Karma. Must have scared the little fella.

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I am in Kentucky so people act like I am from outer space when they see my car. I have had it a little over a year and still stop traffic.
I had a motorcycle driving next to me on a divided highway, we were both going about 55-60 mph. He pulls his cell phone out and starts taking pictures or video while holding the handle bars with his other hand - as we both hit a large bump in the highway where a water line was coming thru the pavement, I thought he was going to wreck. Really scary! I will pull over for pictures, people are wreckless around me trying to get a shot of it.

I had people taking pics of my Karma on the Interstate at night, well the flash scared me to death.

The best one was a lady taking pictures on her Iphone as she held it on the steering wheel, not paying attention that I had my turn signal on she almost rearended me. I thought if I get hit because this dumb lady is taking pictures of the back of my car, I will take that iphone and bop her over her head with it! But she stopped in time (barely).

I also had a lady follow me to my office one Saturday, she was a self professed "Car Freak" like me, but wanted to know everything about it - she hung out in the parking lot about 30 minutes just in awe of the beautiful Karma. It is definately a conversational piece.
 

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I live in Georgia. While I was driving on the road the other day, one white pickup truck signaled me to roll down my window at a stop light. His eyes were wide open, and he asked me if this is the car that goes under water. Because he was sure that he had seen it on TV. I replied, 'no, this car does not go under water, but this car company is going under.' I didn't think he understood my reply.
 

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I called my dealer to make an appointment for service. I enumerated a few things for them to check.

The dealer said, "You shouldn't bring your Karma in for service until you get it in better shape."

To which I responded, "Okay, then don't bill me until I pay you."
 

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I was just getting ready to jump on the freeway and a young guy in a Pagani of all things pulled up nest to me, took out his cell phone to snap a pic and then tells me "nice ride". I said are you crazy? you have a car that they only make 3-4 a year (and it was stunning) but I was quite proud of the Karma that day!- ALways proud of the Karma just not the company...
 
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