Fisker: New multi-speed gearbox could provide ‘Veyron levels of performance’ for plug-in hybrids

Fisker Automotive recently said that it will soon start deliveries for the new Karma plug-in hybrid sedan, which it already has 3,000 plus orders for. According to recent reports, development at Fisker Automotive is still progressing to new levels.

Company boss Henrik Fisker said that Fisker Automotive is developing a new gearbox for electric-motors that can provide “Veyron levels of performance” for extended-range electric-vehicles. That’s a pretty bold statement.

Fisker said that a multi-speed gearbox, if reliably mated to an electric motor, could improve acceleration and performance of plug-in hybrid cars, including the company’s new Karma sedan.

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Currently, acceleration on EVs is limited since they typically transfer power to the wheels through a one-gear speed box.

“With the torque at the wheels increased by the use of a gearbox, Veyron levels of performance should be possible,” Henrik said.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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: AutoCar