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· EX:Shadow/Canyon #324
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I've always had a sport sedan for my daily driver, and drove BMW M5's from 2000-2008. The 2006 M5 had awesome performance, but only averaged 12 mpg, and with a small tank I was going to the gas station twice a week.

My wife got a 2008 LS600hL hybrid, but had an accident with it and never trusted it after that. Rather than waste $$ buying out the lease, I traded in my M5 for a Lexus RX400h for her, and took over the LS600 as my daily driver. While the Lexus didn't handle as well as the M5, it was almost as fast, I got 17mpg driving it hard, and it could go almost 400 miles on a tank of gas.

When I first read about the Karma, I thought it could give me back the handling I missed in the M5, plus be even more environmentally friendly than the Lexus hybrid. I have not been disappointed. And the car is even more beautiful in person than all the photos.

IMO, once you own a hybrid, it would be hard to go back to a pure ICE car as your daily driver. In the same way, I now see that owning an electric car with extended range, I could never go back to a car whose primary motive power was gasoline. I love the instantaneous response to the go pedal. And it is so much more efficient to produce energy from large stationary power plants than millons of mobile little engines, and even better to produce it from the sun or the wind.

I am a firm believer that electric cars are not a fad, but are the future. So I'm putting my money where my mouth is and supporting the two pioneering firms in this area: Fisker and Tesla, as we expect to replace the RX400h with a Model S.
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