Fisker’s Karma: Luxury Hybrid Alternative to Volt

September 9, 2009

(ChattahBox)—As the American auto industry struggles for relevance, green shoots of recovery are appearing on the horizon with the use of environmentally friendly hybrid technology to produce fuel economy vehicles, such as Chevy’s Volt.

And the upstart automaker, Fisker Automotive, described as a green American premium sports car company, offers another sign of life, with a luxury hybrid alternative to the economical Volt.

Fisker’s new hybrid luxury sedan is named, Karma, “a beautiful fast car that makes environmental sense,” according to the company’s Web site. The Karma would be the first vehicle produced by the company, which is a joint venture between Fisker Coachbuild, LLC and Quantum Technologies.

Each vehicle promises cutting edge technology courtesy of Quantum Technologies, with a plug-in hybrid “Q DRIVE.”

The Karma looks sleek and rich and it’s fast, equipped with 403 horsepower that accelerates from zero-to-60 mph in a speedy six seconds. Under the hood, the Karma features a series hybrid engine, using a battery and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

The Karma can run for 50 miles on its electric charge and then it fires up the internal combustion engine to generate electricity to keep the car moving.

Its gas mileage is impressive for a luxury sedan at 67 mpg. The Karma also impresses in the green category, emitting just 83 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, which is less than the 2010 Toyota Prius, rated at 89.

Fisker Automotive expects to roll out a fleet of about 15,000 Karmas at the start of 2010, at a base price of $87,900. The company is taking orders now for its premium performance luxury sedan.

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