Fisker Automotive will deliver the first Karma later this month and has secured a total of 3,000 pre-orders for the new plug-in hybrid performance sedan. According to reports, actor Leonardo di Caprio will take delivery of the first production Karma, followed by high-profile buyers including Al Gore and Colin Powell.
Fisker is currently building 5 units a week of the Karma at its join production plant with Valmet in Finland. Production is scheduled to increase to 300 units a week. Fisker estimates that the car will be sold out by 2012.
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“Our sales are split 50:50 between early-adopting car enthusiasts and total non-car enthusiasts who just like that we are bringing something totally new to market,” said Fisker. “They recognise the infrastructure isn’t there for electric cars, and see we offer a stylish, stress-free alternative with no range compromises.”
Fisker is also planning a convertible and shooting-brake version of the Karma.
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