With the Karma, American automaker Fisker Automotive (www.fiskerautomotive.com) proves that with eco-friendly cars you can enjoy beautiful, distinctive design and thrilling performance with a clear conscience.
The 403hp, four-door Karma plug-in hybrid has been unveiled today at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. The Fields Auto Group and Patrick Dealer Group will both offer this luxury sedan than can go zero to 60mph in six seconds and has a top speed of 125mph, and achieve an annual average of more than 100mpg and drive tailpipe-emission free.
“Chicago is one of the top five markets in the U.S.,” said Marti Eulberg, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Fisker Automotive. “We have two wonderful retail partners in Chicago. They will be instrumental in delivering the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid to the Chicagoland consumer.”
The Fisker Karma starts at $87,900 US. Many Illinois buyers will be eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, plus additional state incentives of up to $4,000 under the Illinois Alternate Fuels Rebate Program. The car features a sculpted body, 22-inch wheels, trunk space for two sets of golf clubs, a 10.2-inch haptic touchscreen control center, reclaimed wood trim and an available animal-free interior trim package.
Designed at Fisker Automotive’s world headquarters in southern California the Karma was unveiled as a concept in 2008. Initial customer deliveries are scheduled for late this year, as dealer models begin arriving in showrooms. Fisker Automotive expects to reach full production of up to 1,500 cars per month by early 2011. Nearly 1,600 Karmas have already been spoken for.
The Karma is a series Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powered by a lithium-ion battery and an efficient 2.0-liter range-extending gas engine. The engine only turns a generator, which sends electricity to two electric traction motors attached to the rear differential.
The Karma has a 300-mile range with a full battery charge and a full tank of gas. The first 50 miles are electric-only and emission free. The battery can be recharged in less than six hours using the same 220v household current that powers some major appliances. The Karma can also be charged using standard 110v power from any electrical outlet.