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Published on November 7th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Fisker Karma Powered By Quantum Technologies (Again)

November 7th, 2014 by  


Meet the new Fisker, same as the old Fisker. At least that’s what it’ll be like right out of the gate as Wanxiang Automotive prepares to restart production of its newly-acquired automaker. In a deal announced this week, Quantum Technologies will again provide the computer software for the Karma’s hybrid drivetrain in a deal worth over $5 million.

The first $2 million of the project is dedicated to restarting production of the Fisker Karma, which hasn’t seen a new vehicle built in about two years time. The second $2 million is earmarked for the follow-up Fisker Atlantic, with the remaining $1.35 million will go towards future software development. Considering Wanxiang paid $149.5 million for Fisker (which was once valued at over a billion bucks), these are small, but important deals to be making.

Quantum was the initial software supplier for Fisker and was tapped to help develop the plug-in hybrid “Q-Drive” drivetrain…you know, the one that left Consumer Reports stranded on the side of a highway and was questioned in several suspicious fires? Well Quantum is getting a second shot to get it right, once Wanxiang irons out more than 250 bugs and flaws that shipped with the original car. Wanxaing has said the first batch of “new” Fiskers won’t be that much different from the old ones, minus a few needed improvements.

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and the supposed fresh start for Fisker is already starting to taste a little stale.  


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