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Fisker Karma
Fisker Automotive's Karma dazzles in Detroit

DailyTech first brought you details on Fisker Automotive's Hybrid Premium Sports Sedan (HPSS) in late 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 Volt.

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 "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.

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By bhieb on 1/14/2008 1:47:27 PM , Rating: 3
Actually the OP had it right part 2. This would solve the Tesla's biggest weakness, range. Sure 250 miles is far, but not if you have no outlet when the juice runs out not to mention 5 min at the pump is much easier than 6hrs at the outlet on that 1000 mile trip. A gas ICE is the best compromise, no system is perfect. Now version 3.0 would have 250 miles AND an ICE. But realistically 50 miles per charge is good enough to be considered all electric for what 78% of the population that live within 20 miles of work (GM's number so grain of salt here). Of course GM has this beat hands down if the Volt will do what they say for the $20-30K range.

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By Alexstarfire on 1/14/2008 5:25:53 PM , Rating: 2
Of course we can't really even speculate since they never post mileage estimates. I mean, we got 50 miles for all-electric, but what about after that? Every time these "environmental" cars come out from major companies, they never get numbers.

As far as I'm concerned this is nothing but hype for the moment.

RE: this
By clovell on 1/15/2008 3:33:41 PM , Rating: 2
The Volt has a similar serial Hybrid design and it has numbers coming in at 50 mpg after the battery power is expended. I'd expect this to get a bit less, as the Volt is less of a performance car (0-60 8.9s) - probably high 30s, low 40s.

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