Irvine, California – Fisker Automotive, a U.S.-based “green premium” car company, has announced that it has selected General Motors to supply the gasoline engine that will be used in the Fisker Karma extended-range hybrid electric vehicle. The 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder Ecotec gasoline engine will be used to generate electricity when the driver has exceeded the vehicle’s electric-only range of 80 km.

Fisker Automotive said that it is also considering the purchase of several additional GM vehicle components for use in the Karma.

“Given General Motors’ global leadership in the parts and accessories space, the fact that it is already engineering parts for extended range electric vehicles, and its commitment to helping the environment, it was clear that this was the right partner for us,” said Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive. “We are confident that this is the beginning of an important partnership between GM and Fisker Automotive in developing the most desirable, fuel-efficient vehicles of the future.”

Initial North American deliveries of the Karma are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009, with planned delivery to Europe in 2010. The company projects annual production of 15,000 cars, with more than half of sales expected to be overseas.

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