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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 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.



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RE: So..is this
By FITCamaro on 1/15/2008 7:01:35 AM , Rating: 2
On I-95 which runs up and down the east coast, 80 mph is considered an average speed. I typically do 80 mph on it. But often, you need to pass people who are going slower in the fast lane.

In certain parts of the country, people are doing 100+ on the freeway and if you're not, you're likely to cause an accident. Unlike Europe we've got stretches of 100+ miles where there's nothing and people typically go as fast as they feel comfortable going.

So no, there is no places where its legal to go over 80, but that hardly means there aren't places where a lot of people do. Hell, the other night I was doing 70 on the highway in Charleston. Speed limit was 60. I got passed by a cop doing 80. Speed limits mean nothing unless there's traffic. And when there's traffic, if everyone is doing 10-15 over, the cops just look for those excessively speeding over everyone else or driving wrecklessly. In Orlando, the speed limit on I-4 is 55 typically. You're going to get hit if you're doing under 65. Even the cops are doing 75-80 at times.


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