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2010 Fisker Karma

  • What is it? Four-door extended-range electric sports sedan
  • The basics: Two 150-kW electric motors, 22-kWh battery pack, 175-kW generator run by 2.4-liter GM Ecotec four
  • Driving Impressions: None. As of today, not a single journalist has driven a Fisker Karma.
  • On sale: Deliveries begin between July and September of 2010
  • Price: $87,400 (eligible for $7,500 Federal tax credit)

Sleek, sexy, and undeniably green, the 2010 Karma was created by and named for Henrik Fisker. The former BMW designer had long wanted to show that fuel-efficient cars didn't have to be ugly or unpleasant to drive. So he got a car company funded to prove the point.

While the Karma may be a 2011 model by the time it hits the showrooms of selected luxury car dealers next summer, Fisker plans to build up to 20,000 a year. The company's research shows strong demand for a greener luxury sports sedan, and perhaps the fact that Tesla plans a similar car--though all electric--proves the point.

Like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the Fisker Karma is an extended-range electric vehicle. It runs up to 50 miles on electric power from a lithium-ion battery pack, and then a gasoline engine kicks in to provide electric power for another 250 miles.

Fisker is also planning a smaller family sedan, code-named Nina, that it will build at a former GM factory in Delaware. But it's all hypothetical until outsiders get to drive the production Karma. And that hasn't happened yet, unless the Crown Prince of Denmark counts.

Stay tuned on that one.

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Comments (2)
  1. The Tesla Roadster is a nice car. I wish I could only afford one. As for more cars of the future I am seeing smaller cars due to the gas prices.
     
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  2. So why is it that these auto reviews never seem to mention the fact that since 1999 you could drive an American made, fully electric, car at 75 mph? These reviewers need to get their head out of the sand and do some research before they write such stuff! Visit their site http://www.myersmotors.com/ for the history and details. The single seater is called the NmG (for "No more Gas!"). I have been following this particular auto since the days it was launched back in California (as the "Sparrow"). I used to drive by their lot on Auburn Blvd in Sacramento everyday. I am patiently waiting for them to launch their 2-seater version (Called the DUO for "Doesn't Use Oil".) which is about to happen. The future, as mentioned in this article, has been here since 1999!
     
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