Fisker Karma. Click image to enlarge
Detroit, Michigan – Fisker Automotive, which calls itself the new American manufacturer of premium green automobiles, unveiled its first production car – the 2010 Fisker Karma – at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit today. The four-door, four-seat Karma features Quantum Technologies’ clean Q-DRIVE plug-in hybrid powertrain to become the world’s first luxury plug-in hybrid car.
The Fisker Karma can travel emission free for up to 80 km (50 miles) on a full charge from any 110-, 220- or 240-volt electric outlet. A total range of up to 483 km (300 miles) is estimated in Sport Mode, which utilizes the efficient Ecotec gasoline engine to turn a generator that powers two electric motors on the rear differential. The Karma can achieve an annual average of more than 100 miles per U.S. gallon with a top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph) and a 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) time of 5.8 seconds
With a starting price of US$87,900, 1,000 orders for the luxury plug-in hybrid have been received since the prototype debuted at the 2008 NAIAS. Karma deliveries are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2009 through the Fisker Automotive Retail network.