Fisker Karma. Click image to enlarge
Irvine, California – Fisker Automotive, a “green” U.S. premium sports car company, will debut its first production car, the Fisker Karma, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The production Karma retains the same proportions and sculpture of the Karma show car unveiled in January 2008.
With a base price of US$87,900, the Karma is scheduled to begin delivery in November 2009. It will use a proprietary “Q-Drive” high-performance plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle architecture from parent company Quantum fuel Systems Technologies that is used in the current Fisker Hybrid sedan and in all future Fisker models. The system is designed to achieve 80 km of zero-emission, battery-only range, with gasoline-electric hybrid operation for vehicle range and performance.
The Karma can be charged through any 110-volt outlet, or optional 220/240-volt fast-charging using Quantum’s solar-energy-powered recharging station. The company estimates that most drivers who charge the Karma overnight and commute less than 80 km per day will be able to achieve an average fuel economy of 2.4 L/100 km per year. The Karma will have a continuous top speed of 201 km/h and a zero to 96 km/hr acceleration time of 5.8 seconds. The car’s two electric motors deliver a combined 408 horsepower.
Volume is expected to reach 15,000 cars per year; a total of 40 U.S. retailers will be established by October 2009, with 20 of them to be announced in January. European pricing will be announced at the International Geneva Motor Show in March 2009.