Has anyone had to change their battery on their Fisker Karma yet? What did you end up spending?
Has the new brand said anything regarding a possible extended range battery being rolled out soon?
Karma is not developing any battery upgrade kits for the 2012 vehicle.
When Karma Automotive was founded, and we purchased many of the other company’s assets, we decided to pick up the mantle of supporting 2012 vehicle owners such as yourself through a number of different programs. One of the things we took on was the development of new vehicle software which addressed many of the 2012’s issues, and improved various aspects of the car’s dynamics and diagnostics.
We still offer that software free of charge through any Karma Authorized Service Provider. You can find your nearest one on our website here: https://www.karmaautomotive.com/locator
With regards to your battery pack, Karma Automotive (as with most vehicle manufacturers) doesn’t dictate the costs to service providers. With that said, the 2012’s battery pack is actually comprised of 15 individual battery modules. Often, a faulty module can be replaced at a lower cost than replacing the entire pack itself. Your service provider can run a diagnostic check on the pack, determine if one or more modules need to be replaced, and provide you with a quote to do so.
Please let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help.
I have had the PowerSource 40kWh pack in car for the past 16 months. It worked out better for me as it was cheaper than replacing the pack at the dealer.
So you mean to say that the 40kwh pack can just be installed instead of a new battery pack? I have 2 of the 10 modules that basically need replacement and third one is starting to loose some of the charge as well (or whatever the term is).
Replacing them is not cheap. I believe, both or all three is approximately 6-7k.
I appreciate any feedback and direction. I have never had anyone mention what you just mentioned.
My Karma required 3 modules to be replaced and even then the service centre could would not guarentee them for more than a year. I paid 15,000 USD for the upgraded pack that doubles the electric range. About 80-85 miles in stealth mode rather than the 43 I was getting previous. For me it made sense to upgrade the battery rather than replace the old one. The service centre wanted to replace the full pack rather than fix the old pack.
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Thanks for the information.
If you dont mind sharing, where did you get the replacement done. My service guy in philadelphia said that other than replacing the same battery the extended range doesnt exist just yet. Clearly, you seemed to have success with it.
I only have 21k miles on it and am a bit p**sed that I have to spend another crazy amount to get the battery replaced.
I shipped my car from Texas to Alabama, where the new pack was installed. They gave me a credit of 3k on the old pack. My net cost was 12k + shipping.
Thanks Will. Much appreciated.