brought you details on Fisker Automotive's Hybrid Premium Sports Sedan (HPSS)
October. The hybrid four-door generated a lot of interest around the web
for its sleek design and claimed fuel economy.
The North American International Auto Show, which is
currently taking place in Detroit, is the staging ground for more information
on Fisker's gorgeous concept. The HPSS is now known as the Karma. Fisker also
revealed that the Karma's propulsion system will work similarly to the Chevrolet
In addition to being a plug-in hybrid, the Karma uses a
small internal combustion engine (ICE) to recharge a lithium-ion battery pack
-- the ICE provides no forward momentum. The Karma can travel 50 miles on
battery power alone before the ICE kicks in.
Fisker says that the powerful electric motors used in its Karma
are good enough to propel the Karma to 60 MPH within 5.8 seconds. Top speed is
a lofty 125 MPH.
"The car we're showing in Detroit is not your usual
show car," said Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive. "It's
actually a preview of the production car you can buy."
According to the Wall Street
Journal, Fisker Automotive has the backing of venture-capital firm
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers -- the firm has backed famous companies
like Google and Amazon.com. "We have all the capital we need to move
forward according to the plan," said Fisker. "We're still going to
raise money later in the year, but we don't see that as a big issue."
The Fisker Karma will be priced at $80,000 and the company envisions
sales of 15,000 units per year. Expect deliveries of the Karma to begin in late
2009 or early 2010.
quote: Top speed is a lofty 125 MPH
quote: You are a moron. First of all, I'd like to see a Hyundai excel do 0-60 in 5.8s.
quote: Or are you the type that drives around a ricer honda civic with your blaring tin-can muffler?
quote: If you don't like it, don't buy it and go find a street machine blog.
quote: and the company envisions sales of 15,000 units per year.
quote: Second of all, who the hell actually goes over 80mph except in Germany. You are the wanker if you actually buy a car based on the top speed when you will NEVER actually go that fast on a public road.
quote: Another typical American in here. Where the hell can you legally drive more than 80 MPH anyways, in the US? NOWHERE.
quote: "The car we're showing in Detroit is not your usual show car," said Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive. "It's actually a preview of the production car you can buy."
quote: The Lotus that the Tesla is based on was a piece of garbage for anything but the track. I sold mine after a year.
quote: If your trying to be funny, I'd suggest trying harder.
quote: Having an electric motor and a gas generator is the way to do hybrids. Much simpler to design and repair I'd wager.
quote: I assume the OP meant simpler than a parallel hybrid.
quote: The Fisker Karma will be priced at $80,000 and the company envisions sales of 15,000 units per year.
quote: I think if it turns out to be a good car, they could hit 15k per year pretty easily.
quote: 15k per year is a very small drop in the bucket overall.