Fisker Karma begins production
Wednesday 23 March 2011
The Fisker Karma electric sports car has entered production for the first time, it emerged this week.
The Karma, a plug-in vehicle expected to provide serious competition to the Tesla Roadster, has been on the drawing board for years but could finally be with the first buyers by next month, according to reports from US-based Automotive News.
Said to be priced at around €85,000, the final version of this sleek model officially debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2010 and attracted a lot of attention for its 480 km range, achieved using an extended range motor in the same manner as the Chevrolet Volt.
Using its 300 kW motor, the Karma offers a fuel economy of 2.4l/100km and emissions of 83g/km, as well as a top speed of 200 km/h.
It takes roughly six hours to recharge on a standard European 240-volt current and can manage 80 kilometers on all-electric power before the generator kicks in, although Fisker is keen to underline that there is "no mechanical link between gasoline engine and drive wheels" - in contrast to the Volt, which was criticized by some after its launch for a scenario in which the engine did contribute directly to the vehicle's proportion.
Now, buyers in Europe and the US are set to finally get their hands on the Karma in the not-so-distant future, challenging Tesla's dominance of the green sports car market and adding a new competitor for the likes of Porsche and Nissan as they rush to get fast, eco-friendly models to market.
Life & Style blogs
This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
Tinder Plus: premium service launches, charging much more for those over 28
My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin: How I outwitted the Gestapo
Drinking three to five cups of a coffee a day could reduce risk of heart attacks, study finds
Running test reveals whether you will die in the next decade
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
- 1 Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
- 2 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 3 Pornhub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Infrastructure Architect is ...
£18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Production Coordinator is required to ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opening has arisen ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...