Top 10 things you need to know about the Fisker Karma

Welcome to our 12th edition of “top 10 most important things you need to know about” segment. Today we’re taking a look into the most important things you need to know about the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sedan. Let’s get started.

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Top 10 things you need to know about the Fisker Karma:

  1. The Fisker Karma was recently awarded the ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ by Top Gear Magazine and Top Gear UK host James May gave it his ‘Car of the Year’ award.
  2. The Fisker Karma turns its rear wheels using two rear-mounted 201.5 horsepower (150 kW) electric motors that are ‘fueled’ by a the lithium-ion battery pack for up to 50 miles. The gasoline engine (260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec direct injection unit) drives a 175 kW electric generator to power the motors. There is no direct mechanical link between this engine and the electric motors – so that makes the Karma a true electric vehicle with extended range – still known to us as a plug-in hybrid.
  3. There are three drive modes including Auto, Stealth and Sport. The Stealth Mode maximizes fuel-efficiency, giving the car its greatest range on battery power before activating the gasoline engine-driven generator to sustain battery charge. 0 to 60 mph in Stealth mode comes in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 95 mph. In Sport mode, the Karma cares less about fuel-economy and more about sportiness. The model allows the engine to drive the generator to provide enough electricity for 403-hp, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph.
  4. What does the EPA say? The EPA says that when running in electric mode, the Fisker Karma achieves the energy equivalent of 52 miles per gallon city/highway combined. That figure also includes 32 miles of all-electric range, and 20 mpg when its gasoline engine kicks in. Fisker says they still believe that most Karma drivers will hit 50 miles on electric power alone. Total range is estimated around 300 miles.
  5. Fisker says that a Karma owner with a 40-mile commute who kicks off his day with a full battery charge will need to visit the gas station about every 1,000 miles and would use just 9 gallons of gasoline per month.
  6. Charging the Karma can take than 6 hours using a 240v household current. A standard 110v power from will take a very long time (like 14 hours long).
  7. The Karma also features a solar panel on the roof that can extend the driving range for up to an additional 200 miles annually.
  8. Interior luxury? The Fisker Karma is very luxurious with refined interior wood trim which is 100% sustainably sourced from Fallen, Sunken and Rescued Wood to make sure that no live growth is ever used. It features three interior trims including EcoStandard, EcoSport and EcoChic. The EcoChic trim features 100% post-industry virgin textile Premium EcoSuede. It also has a touchscreen interface to manage audio, navigation, iPod, Bluetooth and climate control systems. A chrome bezel surrounds the flat screen glass surface.
  9. The Fisker Karma exterior features Diamond Dust paint – the first water-based paint to feature a recycled glass flake mixture that utilizes 35-55% recycled glass. That means it releases no organic compounds into the environment. The paint also features a reflective infrared layer to help cool the interior during hot weather. Pretty cool huh?
  10. The basic Fisker Karma starts at $95,900 with the top of the line model going for $109,850.

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– By: Omar Rana