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Fisker Karma  (Source: Motor Authority)
Fisker reveals more details on its Karma hybrid sedan

Fisker Automotive is progressing nicely with its Karma hybrid sedan. DailyTech first brought you information on this sleek vehicle in October 2007 and have kept up-to-date with all of the latest information leaks from the company.

Today, Fisker Automotive is ready to provide a few more interesting tidbits on the Karma. First off, the company released a single image today of the production sedan from a rear 3/4 view. The vehicle is just as sexy as it appeared in concept form. According to Motor Authority, only slight changes were made to make the production Karma compliant with federal regulations.

We also now know more details on the powertrain for the Karma hybrid sedan. The Karma will use a turbocharged General Motors Ecotec four-cylinder engine which develops 260 HP. This will be paired with a "Q-Drive" hybrid system which features two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack. The Karma will also have enough battery storage onboard to power the vehicle 50 miles on battery power alone. Total power of the Ecotec engine combined with the two electric motors will be an impressive 408 HP.

Pricing for the Fisker Karma is set at $87,900 for the base model. According to Fisker, the first deliveries of the sedan will take place in November of next year.

The sleek styling and the powertrain of the Fisker Karma makes the Chevrolet Volt look rather plain in comparison. However, the Karma's price tag is more than twice the expected price of GM's shining beacon of light.

Updated 11/4/2008
Fisker Motors released a second image of the production Karma, this time from the front 3/4 view (see image on the bottom right).

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A little more info please
By Suntan on 12/2/2008 12:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
The Karma will also have enough battery storage onboard to power the vehicle 50 miles on battery power alone.

And what kind of duty cycle is this putting on the battery? it's one thing to run the battery from fully topped off to completely flat. It's another thing all thogether to cycle it such that the battery lives a long, useful life. More info would make the article better.

But then, I guess replacing $10,000 or so of batteries every other year on your boutique brand $90,000 car is still more noble (at least for the purposes of armchair quarterbacking GM) than creating one that can actually work as a viable car for middle income car buyers.


RE: A little more info please
By BZDTemp on 12/2/2008 2:30:12 PM , Rating: 3
Easy now. It is a good thing there are cars which make putting in the money to be an early adopter attractive. That is what Fisker does just as the Tesla is.

As always new tech is expensive so there are two ways to get it out there. Either make it attractive by going up-market or put some government incentives out that help. With the rich get a nice car AND help fund development of the tech plus just as important provides experience with production and maintenance.

Also say the cars new tech turns out to have gremlins. That will much less of a problem for the people buying this car (as it will likely be their 3-4-5... ride) than if it's to be the sole ride of a family. So you should be grateful of the early adopters instead of the envy thing you have going :-)

Finally if the Fisker performs like it looks and the HP figures suggest it will be a nice ride. Remember Fisker Coachworks is not your average garage outfitter but guys which know their stuff so the overall quality will be top-notch instead of cheap GM plastic dashboards.

RE: A little more info please
By Spuke on 12/2/2008 3:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
That is what Fisker does just as the Tesla is.
You actually have to be in business long enough to make a difference if that's your goal. With Tesla circling the bowl, how long is Fisker going to be around?

RE: A little more info please
By fteoath64 on 12/2/2008 10:59:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yikes, a Tesla is going to be a dead duck if it runs out of power on any road, while any hybrid has the gasoline engine to at least get to a charging point. I think the 50 mile range on battery is really short, they should double it to 100 miles and it would be more usable for urban short trips that takes 80% of the trips for most households.

RE: A little more info please
By BZDTemp on 12/3/2008 7:19:04 AM , Rating: 2
First off - Tesla is not dead and while I agree the latest news have been grim I think there is a good chance of them turning it around. That is sort of the idea when downsizing and replacing the CEO.

Secondly I think it is pretty unfair to put Fisker in the same box as Tesla. Tesla is a company founded by IT people where in contrast Fisker Automotive is a partnership between a special car company and a tech company. The CEO of Fisker Automotive has a car background from BMW and Ford. He has been a board member at Aston Martin, the director of a Ford design studio plus he designed the DB9, the Vantage and the Z8.

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