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Karma at plant in Finland  (Source: Autoweek)
First cars should hit U.S. next month

Most people would agree that the design of the majority of hybrids and EVs are dictated more by aerodynamics than by aesthetics. The average hybrid or EV is made more with an eye towards practicality and economy than sex appeal. Not all EVs and hybrids have to be boring though; the Tesla Roadster is a perfect example of an attractive EV.

Perhaps the best looking hybrid to ever hit a production line is the Fisker Karma. The Karma is a plug-in hybrid that has a gasoline engine and batteries. The Karma is able to drive for 50 miles on electricity alone with a full charge before the gasoline engine fires up.
Prototype Karma hybrids were being tested in late February. A few days after the Karmas went into testing, Fisker announced that they would sell for close to $100,000 and noted that it was planning an IPO for this year.

Fisker has now announced that production of the Karma hybrids have started. 

The final assembly of the Karma is being done in Finland at the Valmet Automotive plant. Valmet also does the final assembly for some Porsche AG vehicles as well. The Karma will still reportedly go 50 miles on a full charge, but that $100,000 price we heard about last month is now different according to AutoWeek.

AutoWeek reports that the Karma will start at $88,000 which still puts it easily into the upper end of the luxury segment. Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher said, "We're going to be ramping up very slowly, very carefully to ensure quality. This year we want to get over 7,000 deliveries."

Fisker still plans the IPO for this year reports AutoWeek and it has recently secured an additional $150 million in funding to help develop other models including the Nina sedan set to be built at a former GM plant in Delaware.



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RE: Aerodynama...who?
By BZDTemp on 3/24/2011 2:43:27 PM , Rating: 2
I'm afraid you're mistaken. The Leaf is not great with regards to cw but the Honda and the Toyota is doing pretty well.

A Prius has a cw of 0.24 and a Ferrari 458 is 0.33 which in fact is low for a sports car. The difference should mean a Prius needs something like 20-30% less energy to move trough the air than a 458 at highway speed on top of which comes less rolling resistance, a then there is the drivetrain...


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