Fisker is the world’s first premium ‘plug-in’ electric hybrid and it has been in development since 2007 for a market launch in Q4 of 2010. Based out of California, Fisker has built the Karma with partner Quantum Technologies and hopes to offer the electric car for just $80,400 after US government tax deductions.
With regenerative brakes, a functional solar roof and lithium-ion batteries, the Karma is a complicated car. It uses a Ford Ecotec Inline-4 to generate electricity over long distances but that doesn’t kick in until 50 gasoline-free miles have elapsed.
DETROIT, MI. Jan. 12, 2009: Fisker Automotive, Inc., the new American manufacturer of premium green automobiles, unveiled its first production car — the 2010 Fisker Karma – at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)in Detroit today. With a starting price of $87,900 ($80,400 after US government tax credits), 1,000 orders for the 100 mile-per-gallon luxury plug-in hybrid have been received since the prototype debuted at the 2008 NAIAS. Karma deliveries
are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2009 through the Fisker Automotive Retail network. More information can be found online at
The four-door, four-seat Karma fuses the traditional and timeless styling of veteran
auto designer and Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker, with Quantum Technologies’ clean Q-DRIVE® plug-in hybrid powertrain to become the world’s
first luxury plug-in hybrid car.
Q-DRIVE®: POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY
Exclusive to Fisker Automotive, Q-DRIVE® provides the best combination of power, efficiency and low emissions. The system is comprised of two 201hp electric motors powered by an advanced lithium-ion technology battery pack. A generator attached to a 260hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec® direct injection (D1) gasoline engine provides extended range capabilities.
“More than 60 percent of America’s 200 million drivers travel less than 50 miles per day. With Q-DRIVE®, the Karma can do that without using a drop of gas. This proprietary powertrain will provide a base for all future model derivatives from Fisker Automotive.” said Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO Quantum Technologies.
Q-DRIVE® features two operating modes: Stealth Mode and Sport Mode. In electric-only Stealth Mode, drivers can travel emission free for up to 50 miles on a full charge from any 110-, 220- or 240-volt electric outlet. A total range of up to 300 miles is estimated in Sport Mode, which utilizes the efficient Ecotec® gasoline engine to turn a generator that powers two electric motors on the rear differential. A fully charged Karma can achieve an annual average of more than 100 miles per gallon.
With a top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds, the Karma is the world’s first true premium plug-in hybrid sports sedan. The Karma’s low center of gravity and performance oriented, A-arm suspension system offer a world class driving experience. Tall, wide tires deliver immense lateral grip while electrohydaulic disc brakes provide effortless stopping power.
LUXURY AND STYLE
Karma’s exterior design features the continual flow of sculpture and dramatic proportion that is signature Fisker style. A low, wide stance and raised front fenders offer the driver a unique view of the car’s design. Modest changes from the original Karma prototype include an enhanced upper grill and an enlarged lower intake for improved airflow. A new aerodynamic diffuser under the rear bumper helps cool the electric drivetrain. Instantly recognizable, the Karma also benefits from having the world’s largest continuously formed glass solar panel roof on a car – an industry first and a standard feature on all Karma sedans.
“From initial concept to final production, it is important for Fisker to maintain a singular design language and to keep the integrity of the original design, inside and out. Extreme proportions, beautiful sculpture and earth-friendly materials are key elements that set the Karma apart,” said Fisker Automotive, Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker. “An inspiring drive is also an important and crucial element. Our hope is that the Fisker Karma will create a new segment of eco-friendly transportation and will become the most desirable plug-in hybrid sports sedan available.”
A desirable car of any kind requires an inviting cockpit. Fisker’s interior design team focused on sustainable design held accountable to the environment. Inspiration from nature’s timeless beauty and the quality of classic design composition provided immense inspiration. Karma’s Sustainable and Accountable Design is reflected in the use of reusable materials enhanced with
modern technology. For example, wood trim is sourced from non-living trees: ‘Fallen Trees’ that have succumbed to age; ‘Rescued Trees’ burned in forest fires; and ‘Sunken Trees’ lying in American lake bottoms.
Karma’s instrumentation and controls focus on ease of use. Embedded in the layered EcoGlass™ center console is a 10.2-inch touch sensitive screen controlling HVAC, audio and other vehicle systems. LCD gauges behind the steering wheel provide display critical information like battery charge and vehicle speed.
“The Karma’s material philosophy balances Sensuality and accountability,” said Fisker. “We have gone to great lengths to use only environmentally conscious, classic automotive materials that support a commitment to our eco initiatives. At Fisker Automotive we are trying to inspire change for the better.”
Karma buyers will choose from three trim levels: EcoBase™, EcoSport™ and EcoChic™. The most advanced sustainable material series, EcoChic™, is based on an animal-free approach that still offers a luxurious environment. Leather is replaced by 100% Bamboo Viscose, a soft hand textile, while EcoGlass™ trim frames authentic fossilized leaves. Karma’s EcoSport™ series incorporates hand-wrapped premium leather using a 100% sustainable manufacturing strategy, which minimizes the number of hides required and highlights natural markings.
KARMA PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY
To meet production goals, Fisker turned to specialty builder Valmet Automotive in Finland. Delivery of the more than 1,000 pre-ordered Karmas will begin this year. To commemorate initial production, the first 99 examples will be trimmed to match both interior and exterior specifications of the Karma prototype originally showcased at the 2008 NAIAS. Each will feature a personalized plaque with a designated car number and signature from Henrik Fisker
Also at the heart of defining the future is Fisker’s retail network. A selective process to support initial deliveries is underway and interest from established dealers is high. Customers can expect a high level of service from retail partners that share their environmental and energy values.
Series Production Car
Series Hybrid Q-Drive w/Twin Electric Engines, Ford Ecotec 2.0L Turbocharged Ecotec VVT DI LNF Gasoline Engine, Lithium-Ion Battery
299.8 kw / 402 bhp
167.08 bhp per tonne
1300.2 nm / 959 ft lbs
body / frame
Aluminum Space Frame
22-inch Lightweight Alloy
Electrohydaulic Regenerative Brakes
Electrohydaulic Regenerative Brakes
2406 kg / 5300 lbs
4970 mm / 195.7 in
1984 mm / 78.1 in
1310 mm / 51.6 in
~201.13 kph / 125 mph
0 – 60 mph
fuel econ epa
2.35 L/100 km or 100 mpg-us
Auction Sales History
2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport YH4K14AAXCA001407 – sold for $62,500. This top-of-the-line 2012 Karma EcoSport is a desirable late-production model. It features the optional $3,000 Shadow paint, which involves blending the paint using a special technique of which ground-up particles of glass are used to enhance the beauty of the finish, and the $2,200 Monsoon tri-tone interior package, which gives this Karma a very stylish yet understated look. The car, showing only 100 delivery miles on its odometer, looks as if it just left the showroom floor, as the paint is excellent and the leather interior shows nary a scratch and still remains plush and inviting. With the restructuring and the new ownership of Fisker, this car has the benefit of a $2,000 warrantee, which was part of the re-organized conditions of the bankruptcy proceedings, ensuring peace of mind for the next owner. Auction Source: 2014 Motor City Auction by RM
2012 Fisker Karma Sedan – sold for $51,500. $110,000 MSRP. 4 door plug hybrid. 403 horsepower on electric power with 959 ln ft torque. Ecosport model. Rare Eclipse Pearl paint. Brembo brakes. GPS navigation and Bluetooth. 50 mile range all electric. 250 mile range on gasoline. Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum