Fisker: News had been so sparse, whilst Tesla was splashed all over the media, that we wondered if they had floundered. Luckily not, as a company with such credentials, deserves to make it’s mark on the automotive landscape. Lo and behold today they started tweeting, with a flurry of news links. A sure sign that the silence is over and they are courting publicity. First off is a link to a USA Today feature of a real car in the real world and then a link to a youtube video of the car lapping Laguna Seca racetrack (see next page). We say: bring on more news, as this has to be one of the more promising new wave cars under development.

Fisker electric hybrid at Laguna Seca racetrack

Fisker electric hybrid at Laguna Seca racetrack

Read on for more info from Fisker and a video of Karma at Laguna Seca racetrack

From Fisker

Monterey, CA – August 17, 2009: The
Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid made its public
driving debut over the weekend, just 19
months after being introduced as a concept

A prototype of the 403hp full size sedan
reached speeds in excess of 100mph,
utilizing both Sport (hybrid) and Stealth
(electric only) modes around Mazda
Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races.
Fisker Automotive co-founder and COO Bernhard Koehler was driving.

California-based Fisker Automotive is developing the Karma to be the first
production Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The Karma proves fuel-efficient
vehicles can still generate the passion and excitement that made people fall in love
with cars in the first place. Although the Fisker Karma can reach 60mph in six
seconds and a top speed of 125mph it can also achieve well over 100mpg. Carbon
emissions are also much lower than today’s hybrids.

“This demonstration represents a significant milestone for Fisker Automotive and
PHEV technology,” said CEO Henrik Fisker. “The future of clean cars is bright.”

Fisker Automotive is scheduled to start customer deliveries in summer 2010.

The Karma has a range of 50 emission-free miles on a full charge of its Lithium-ion
battery, and a total range of 300 miles thanks to an on-board generator turned by
traditional but efficient 260hp, four-cylinder gasoline engine. Combined with two
powerful electric motors, these components make up the Q-DRIVE® powertrain
exclusive to all Fisker automobiles. Q-DRIVE® delivers the ultimate combination of
performance, range and efficiency.

Fisker Karma electric hybrid car

Fisker Karma electric hybrid car

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