Fisker spokesman confirms Karma production in March

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2011

Fisker Karma will finally enter production in March, according to spokesman Russell Datz. He told PluginCars that deliveries will start shortly after production begins. Fisker Karma aims to sell about 15,000 units this year. He declined to give further details, saying that pricing and specific release dates will be given as the launch nears.

This April, Fisker Karma is expected to arrive in China. In fact, the company that will handle its local operations has already been picked out.

Last December, Fisker Karma revealed that China Grand Automotive Group (CGA) will take charge of distribution, marketing and service operations for the Chinese Karma.

Henrik Fisker, the CEO of Fisker Automotive, said that he was “extremely proud” to be working with CGA as they back Fisker Automotive in the “fast-emerging” market in China.

He added that CGA’s network of retailers will give Fisker an “instant and credible footprint” in the region. He also pointed out CGA's attention to detail and excellent customer service as factors that will make sure that customers get the service and peace of mind expected from a premium brand.

By managing to combine the Q-DRIVE clean plug-in hybrid powertrain by Quantum Technologies and the timeless and traditional style of Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive and veteran auto designer, the Fisker Karma can be considered as the first-ever luxury plug-in hybrid car in the world.

The Q-DRIVE offers the best in terms of efficiency, power, and lower emissions, and is exclusive to the Fisker Automotive. It has two 210 hp electric motors that are powered with a lithium-ion battery pack. Helping extend the range of the Fisker Automotive is the generator that is connected to its 260 hp Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection gasoline engine.

CEO Quantum Technologies Alan Niedzwiecki shared that while there are 200 million drivers in the U.S., it is estimated that at least 60% drive no more than 50 miles in a day. By utilizing the Q-DRIVE, Niedzwiecki continued, the Fisker Karma is able to that without any need for gas.

This patented powertrain will form the foundation of all future model derivatives that Fisker Automotive will be releasing, he added. There are two operating modes being offered by the Q-DRIVE.

The first is the electric-only Stealth Mode which enables drivers to travel for a maximum of 50 miles emission free under a full charge using either a 110-volt electric outlet, a 220-volt one or a 240-volt outlet.

The second is the Sport Mode which allows the vehicle to travel as far as 300 miles. This is because it makes use of Ecotec gasoline engine that can make the generator power the two electric motors placed on the rear differential.

Under a full charge, the Fisker Karma provides an annual average of at least 100 miles per gallon. Top speed is measured to be 125 mph with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in merely 5.8 seconds.

Indeed, the Fisker Karma is the first and true premium plug-in hybrid sports sedan. Drivers are able to experience a word class experience due to the A-arm suspension system and its low center of gravity. The wide and tall tires provide a strong lateral grip with the electrohydraulic disc brakes ensuring effortless stopping power.

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