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BASE $96,000

By the time former BMW Henrik Fisker took the off the Fisker Karma —his sleek, plug-in hybrid sedan—in 2008, the media for more celebrated future drive vehicles was already in swing. But Fisker s company its head down. They moving forward with signed up dozens of luxury-car (most now carrying the Jaguar Rover line), and showed off a convertible model with a hardtop at the 2009 Detroit Show.

Despite missing self-imposed deadlines, the company its commitment to bring the $87,000 four-seater plug-in hybrid to in 2010. That would it the first plug-in hybrid on the and certainly the world’s first plug-in hybrid.

Green, But Not Ugly

In a 2009 with founder Henrik asked who would be to buy the Karma. “I think our market is who has a little bit of conscience,” he said, enough money to buy it.” says he has received more 1,000 deposits—of $5,000 owners of such brands as Merecedes-Benz, Lexus, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce.

But the distinguishing feature of the brand is that it signals a future for fast, exciting, cars. “There’s no rule anywhere that a green car has to be said Fisker, “or small, or We have so much power, we need to make the car small.” despite its aluminum space-frame the Karma weighs roughly pounds.

Technology Like the Volt, But Far

Like the vaunted 2011 Volt. the Fisker Karma is a series hybrid using power to turn the wheels. The 22 lithium ion battery pack, to be by A123 Systems, promises 50 of electric range. A 2.2-liter GM four will power a that keeps enough flowing to add 250 more miles.

is claimed to be competitive with the in the luxury sports sedan Two electric drive motors to generate 400 horsepower, giving a time of less than 6 and a top speed of 125 miles per hour. figures are only reachable Sport Drive, one of two modes the can select.

The other, Stealth Drive, performance to extend electric it’s the one that will let the deliver 50 miles.

The Karma’s system was developed from a originally created for military by Quantum Technologies, which is a owner of Fisker Automotive

‘Eco-Chic’ Interior and Solar

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Among the noteworthy features of the Karma is the optional ‘Eco-Chic’ which uses no animal and features reclaimed wood sunken logs, reclaimed timber, and renewable resources bamboo.

Even the leather seats use 85 of the entire hide, retaining the and stretch marks that luxury brands eliminate. one is unique,” said Fisker, each interior individuality as as salving the green conscience.

first is the standard full-length roof, which generates power to cool the cabin parked—a task otherwise precious energy for AC. In consistent it can also theoretically contribute battery recharging to add 3 to 5 miles a Owners will still to plug the Fisker into a 110-Volt or 220-Volt wall to recharge a depleted battery overnight.

Fisker also to offer buyers much photovoltaic solar panels to be on roofs or a garage, so that can recharge their Karmas at partly from solar

Television ad for Fisker Karma.


If Fisker had met its promise to the first production models by it could have claimed rights as the first plug-in to go on sale in the US market. With any delays, first-mover status on a hybrid will to the Chevrolet Delays could be blamed on the for additional funds, or on the company its eye off of delivering on its first promises the Karma—by looking to the construction of a factory and production of a more second model.

The Fisker will cost $87,400 options are added, and buyers be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, the price just below The company expects annual to reach 15,000 within two of launch.

As of March 2010, no journalist has a Fisker Karma.

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