Fisker Automotive has some really big goals – so big that it hopes to sell “at least 7,000 units” of its first model, the $95,900 (before federal incentives) Karma plug-in hybrid sports sedan, according to Chief Operating Officer Bernhard Koehler.
“In 2012 we plan to sell 15,000 units of the Karma,” Koehler told Automotive News Europe.
The Fisker Karma will be produced in Finland by contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive, with production to start on March 21.
Koehler said that Fisker currently has 3,000 orders for the Karma with delivers in the United States to start in July. He said that some VIPs may get their Karmas as early as June.
Koehler also said that a second Karma variant will be shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will be launched in 2012. The third version, the Karma convertible, will hit markets in 2013. He said that all Karma versions will initially be produced by Valmet.
Refresher: Power comes from Fisker’s Q-DRIVE system, which is made up of two 201-hp electric-motors that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. That allows the 2010 Karma to travel up to 50 miles without the use of any gasoline. A generator attached to a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec direct injection gasoline engine by General Motors provides an extended range of up to 300 miles. 0 to 60 mph comes in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Automotive News