The Fisker Karma comes from a new company attempting to market a luxury sport hybrid. The car can travel 50 miles under electric power and gets to 60mph in 5.8 seconds using its gas engine and electric motor.
The car features cutting-edge plug-in hybrid technology, penned as Q DRIVE, developed by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive. The Karma’s Q DRIVE configuration consists of a small gasoline engine that turns the generator, which charges the lithium ion battery pack, powering the electric motor and turning the rear wheels. This proprietary design allows consumers to drive the car emission free for up to 50 miles a day provided the car is charged every evening. It’s conceivable that if consumers follow this daily routine, they will only need to fuel the car but once a year. This Q DRIVE technology will provide a base for all future derivatives from Fisker Automotive.
The sleek design of the Fisker Karma, which accentuates the long hood, is a direct result of the breakthrough all-new from the ground up chassis design with powertrain development. This unique design places the battery pack at the center of the vehicle between the two axles, providing optimal vehicle driving dynamics, maximum safety, and proportionate design. Both the interior and exterior of the car will be put to market as seen at the NAIAS.
Fisker Automotive is a privately owned car company with Henrik Fisker serving as the CEO. Fisker Coachbuild, LLC will be the exclusive design house for Fisker Automotive through the entire range of product development. Additional executive team members include Vic Doolan, Board Member FA & Director of Retail Development; Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO Quantum Technologies & Board Member FA; Bernhard Koehler, COO; Thomas Fritz, Director of Engineering; and production design by Alex Klatt, formerly of BMW and Mark Clarke formerly of Porsche. This experienced team will help Fisker Automotive lead the future and redefine automotive design by creating the ultimate eco-chic car — cars that marry unparalleled style with environmental consciousness.
Fisker Automotive will offer its range of cars worldwide with first deliveries starting in North America in the 4th quarter of 2009.