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Fisker to Open Engineering & Development Center in Michigan

2010 Fisker Karma

2010 Fisker Karma

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In a welcome spot of good news for Detroit's struggling economy, the maker of the upcoming Karma electric sports sedan announced a 34,000-square-foot engineering & development facility that is set to employ up to 200 engineers and designers. The company's headquarters will remain in Irvine, Calif., but decided upon the Pontiac, Mich., location due to "the available talent, supplier base and infrastructure in Michigan" according to Fisker Automotive COO Bernhard Koehler.

Fisker recently won a lawsuit brought by rival Tesla Motors surrounding proprietary drive systems. Fisker employs a hybrid-drive system that relies on plug-in charging to achieve an electric-only range of 50 miles, and over 350 miles total range. Quantum Technologies developed the proprietary "Q-Drive" powertrain, which is said to deliver sub-6-second 0-60 mph times, a top speed of over 125 mph, and the potential for fuel economy exceeding 100 mpg on extended drives.

Fisker hopes to begin delivery of its Karma sedan in the fourth quarter of 2009 in the United States and also plans to sell vehicles in Europe. The company hopes for annual sales of 15,000 vehicles by 2011.

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