The plug-in hybrid Karma sedan is said to be on schedule with advance orders for this year. Fisker Automotive says that federal and state emissions standards should be met in the next few days, and has begun delivering cars to both customers and dealers in Europe.
Spokesman for the brand, Roger Ormisher says “We are currently on scheudle to fill the majority of the 3,000 advance deposit holder orders by the end of the year.” The brand previously announced a release date for last month, but although inventory is ready, some are still pending inspections for air quality, which prevents the vehicles from going on sale in the U.S.
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Fisker Autuomotive has recently heightened awareness of the Karma with purchases by well known names like former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell or actor Leonardo DiCarpio. Pre-orders have hit 3,000 for the Karma at upwards of $95,900 each. At about half the cost, Fisker will be releasing a line of plug-in’s called the Nina line, which will begin production next year.
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: Alexandra Koken