Fisker Karma PHEV To Make Public Driving Debut

The Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid will make its public driving debut during the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races on Saturday August 15th at the 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This event takes place just 19 months after the concept car was unveiled. It will be the first time a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) will appear on the track as part of the event and the car will take two laps beginning at 11:10 a.m Pacific Time.

The Fisker Karma PHEV is a slightly different take on electric vehicles. The car is a full-size luxury sedan with seating for four. It has a 50 mile range on a full charge and uses a lithium-ion battery. This is enough miles for the average person to drive to and from work. It ultimately has a total range of 300 miles due to an on-board generator turned by a 260hp Ecotec engine. Two 101.5hp electric motors send enough traction through a single-speed differential to reach 60 mph in 6 seconds. It’s top speed reaches 125 mph so no highway worries here folks. Together, the engine and motors create the Q-Drive powertrain which is exclusive to all Fisker automobiles. This technology allows its cars to exceed 100 mph with a lower carbon output than any other hybrid.

Henry Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive, noted that the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races is the ideal stage for its PHEV’s public debut. The event highlights cars from past and present and the Fisker Karma PHEV represents the present and future.

The company is anticipating that it will produce 15,000 cars per year with a price tag of $87,900 so this won’t be an electric vehicle for the middle class but a cool one none the less.

Can’t make it to the race? Check out the car at the Concorso Italiano on Friday, August 14. It will be showcased along with the Karma Sunset hardtop convertible concept. From there, the Karma will move to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 16.

For those of us who don’t live in Southern California, maybe we can convince the company to take the car on a road trip, preferably through the Midwest. We always get the shaft.


Joanna Schroeder

Joanna is a writer and consultant specializing in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture issues.