The Fisker Karma is an electrical vehicle which features an on-board range extender and is also classified as a luxury sports sedan, manufactured by Fisker Automotive between 2011 and 2012. These cars were manufactured at Valmet Automotive in Finland. This vehicle has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 52 mph, a gasoline-only mode fuel economy of 24 mpg, and an electric-only fuel economy of 32 miles or 51 km. This vehicle has been rated as a subcompact by the EPA, primarily due to its small cabin.
This vehicle initially missed its launch date which was set for 2009 and it was finally introduced to the public in July of 2011 after being several times. Retail customers began receiving these vehicles by November of 2011 and pricing in the U.S began at $102,000 for just the basic model and $116,000 for the top model. There were around 1,800 units delivered in North America as well as throughout Europe in December of 2012. Production of this vehicle was eventually suspended due to financial problems and by that time there had been 2,450 Karmas built since it first went on sale in 2011.
The Chinese company Wanxiang Group announced that the new owners of the company planned to start production of the Karma back up again by the end of 2014 or early 2015 at the latest. The Fisker Karma first appeared at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2008. The Karma marks the first car to ever be released by Fisker Automotive, which is a new carmaker based out of Anaheim, California. Production of this vehicle started in July of 2011 and the first two deliveries of this vehicle took place on July 26, 2011. By October 2011, the first shipment of these vehicles reached the UK and were auctioned off to benefit Pratham UK, raising a total big of $220,000.
The Karma can be classified as a pure series hybrid and is powered by a set of 120 kW or 161 horsepower electric motors which receive power from a 20.1 kWh lithium ion battery which is supplied by A123 Systems. The battery back that this vehicle uses runs down the center of it between the left and right-hand seats, preventing the addition of a rear bench which could fit five rather than four passengers, which is its total capacity.
Once the battery in this vehicle has completely run out or when the person operating it presses the “Sport” mode button, the front-mounted 260 horsepower 2.0 liter Ecotec 4-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine starts up the generator which sends electricity to the drive motors, thereby providing them with the power they need to continue running. The engine that this vehicle uses is sourced by General Motors. The Karma’s engine is tied to a generator to provide an electrical connection to the motors when the battery power is depleted as a way to recharge them quickly. The electric motors are solely responsible for driving power to the wheels of the vehicle.
The Fisker Karma has received a number of awards in the past, including making the Green Design 100 list of 2009 in Time Magazine as well as “The 50 Best Innovations of 2011” list. The Fisker has also won Automobile Magazine’s Design of the Year Award for 2012. While this car may seem too good to be true to some, it has gone through a recall in December of 2011 because of the risk of battery fire caused by coolant leak. This problem, however, was corrected and announced publicly to provide owners of the vehicle with the proper repairs.