Fisker to build 70 to 100 Karma plug-in hybrids for testing this year

Fisker Automotive will be building about 70 to 100 Karma plug-in hybrid sedans this year for testing purposes, a major investor in the company said.

“These will be tested internally, crash tested and used for other testing purposes,” Ray Lane, managing partner at U.S. venture capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers told Reuters. “Some of them will be given to customers for testing purposes as well, out in the real road.”

Lane said that Fisker will start mass production of the Karma sedan in February with a planned 15,000 units annually. Fisker also has plans to do a convertible version of the Karma shortly after the sedan hits roads.

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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: Reuters