Fisker Reveals Production Version of Luxury Electric Car

 

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Gearing up for an offical public debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show next month, Fisker Automotive has released photos of what they’re calling the final production version of the Fisker Karma luxury plug-in hybrid electric sedan set to start rolling of the production line at the end of next year.





It looks like there were very few modifications between the exterior of the show car Fisker had on display at last year’s Detroit Auto Show and the just released shots of the production version. The only differences really have to do with the size of the front grille and the air intake. It won’t be known what changes were made to the interior until the official public unveiling at the auto show next month.

With starting price of $87,900, the Karma is not cheap (although it’s a relative steal when compared to the $120K+ Tesla Roadster competition). Fisker says the first Karmas will be delivered in November 2009 and that all orders through mid-2010 are already sold out.

The production Fisker Karma will have an all-electric range of 50 miles (80km), after which the gasoline engine kicks in and charges a lithium ion battery pack which in turn powers the car as a normal parallel hybrid. Fisker estimates that most Karma drivers who charge the Karma overnight and commute less than 50 miles per day will be able to achieve an average fuel economy of 100 mpg (2.4L/100km) per year.

As opposed to a plug-in hybrid like the much touted Chevy Volt, instead of a series hybrid sytem the Karma uses a parallel hybrid system — meaning it uses gas and electric power at high speeds in parallel using a common mechanical drivetrain.

Fisker has been riding a wave of good press and news in the last few months including the announcement of a huge design center opening in Pontiac, MI, while their main competitor for the luxury environmentally-minded car market, Tesla, has been in a bit of a downturn on bad economic news.





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  • JR

    That is truly one bad-ass hybrid!

  • JR

    That is truly one bad-ass hybrid!

  • JR

    That is truly one bad-ass hybrid!

  • Cameron

    Any word on whether Fisker has any near term plans to produce a more pocket friendly hybrid?

  • Cameron

    Any word on whether Fisker has any near term plans to produce a more pocket friendly hybrid?

  • Cameron

    Any word on whether Fisker has any near term plans to produce a more pocket friendly hybrid?

  • Doug

    I wonder if I can get a government bailout to buy one?

  • Doug

    I wonder if I can get a government bailout to buy one?

  • Nice car (Fisker Karma). Make it 100% electric and give it a 200km range and I’ll be one of those guys giving you my deposit. The 50mile range will not work anywhere in Canada. I think 80% of Canadians commute about 50-80kms each way. Add 20kms for leisure and you need a vehicle that can travel about 120-180kms to be entry level usable…so make it 200kms and you have an instant winner.

  • Nice car (Fisker Karma). Make it 100% electric and give it a 200km range and I’ll be one of those guys giving you my deposit. The 50mile range will not work anywhere in Canada. I think 80% of Canadians commute about 50-80kms each way. Add 20kms for leisure and you need a vehicle that can travel about 120-180kms to be entry level usable…so make it 200kms and you have an instant winner.

  • john

    WOW! That’s HoT! Can I put a couple on my Credit Card?

  • john

    WOW! That’s HoT! Can I put a couple on my Credit Card?

  • TEG

    Where did you get the info to think this is a “Parallel” hybrid? Most places I look it suggests that the gasoline engine is only connected to a generator, and never mechanically connects to the driveline.

    As far as I know it will be a series hybrid, that sometimes runs the gas engine to add electric power. The electric power can be used to recharge the batteries and/or help drive the electric “traction motors”.

  • TEG

    Where did you get the info to think this is a “Parallel” hybrid? Most places I look it suggests that the gasoline engine is only connected to a generator, and never mechanically connects to the driveline.

    As far as I know it will be a series hybrid, that sometimes runs the gas engine to add electric power. The electric power can be used to recharge the batteries and/or help drive the electric “traction motors”.

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  • Karen Baker

    Randy Baker and I have put a deposit on one of these cars. How can we get more information on delivery time and when can we expect to hear that a car is in production or ready for us?

  • Karen Baker

    Randy Baker and I have put a deposit on one of these cars. How can we get more information on delivery time and when can we expect to hear that a car is in production or ready for us?

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  • As seen on HGTV or something..

    Umm, ok not so much in to cars or what not but I absolutely love the overall concept & design (also features that I vaguely understand)!

    My only question is automatic or manual drive being since its not common transmission & stuff and info on how/where it will be delivered if you order is something I can’t figure out beyond failure of being a simpleton… (*_*”)

  • As seen on HGTV or something…

    Umm, ok not so much in to cars or what not but I absolutely love the overall concept & design (also features that I vaguely understand)!

    My only question is automatic or manual drive being since its not common transmission & stuff and info on how/where it will be delivered if you order is something I can’t figure out beyond failure of being a simpleton… (*_*”)

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  • Roland Brown

    This car appears to be what the U.S. and for that matter, world automarkets have been “thirsting” for (and by thirsting I mean, lets get off the gas). This concept is one of the most brilliant that I have seen in the automotive industry almost since the internal combustion engine itself. The design is very sexy and state of the art. I am sure that faster models are sure to come. When the price of the technology comes down, there will probably be cheaper versions that are even faster, sexier, and more fuel efficient. I must say, I have not seen anything this innovative since the age of the tech boom of the 90’s. Look for this type of technology to reshape what we think about cars in the near future.

  • Roland Brown

    This car appears to be what the U.S. and for that matter, world automarkets have been “thirsting” for (and by thirsting I mean, lets get off the gas). This concept is one of the most brilliant that I have seen in the automotive industry almost since the internal combustion engine itself. The design is very sexy and state of the art. I am sure that faster models are sure to come. When the price of the technology comes down, there will probably be cheaper versions that are even faster, sexier, and more fuel efficient. I must say, I have not seen anything this innovative since the age of the tech boom of the 90’s. Look for this type of technology to reshape what we think about cars in the near future.

  • Good luck on this meeting any kind of deadline.

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