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Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

The first factory-built 125 mph, 100 mpg, 83 g/km CO2 electric range-extender Fisker Karma will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show 17-28 November.

Driven only by electric motors at all times, the four-door Karma delivers the zero-tailpipe-emissions of an all-electric vehicle and eliminates range anxiety with the 300 mile (480 km) range of a traditionally powered car thanks to its petrol range extender.

Fisker claims that the four-passenger Karma has the lowest emissions of nearly any production car. It combines 403 hp with 100 mpg and 83 g/km CO2.

The Karma features the world’s largest continuous solar panel roof for a car and is the first car to be equipped with 22-inch wheels as standard equipment.

The Karma has its own Command Center, the industry’s first and, at 25 cm, largest, haptic feedback touch screen – which has controls for automatic dual-zone climate, audio/infotainment, phone, navigation and vehicle systems.

Like the concept, the production Karma has a four-seat cockpit with a large centre console running from the dashboard to the rear seatback, which houses the rechargeable lithium ion battery.

This console incorporates intuitive gear selector buttons in place of the concept’s original shifter.

With no mechanical link between petrol engine and drive wheels, Fisker’s exclusive Q-Drive powertrain frees the internal combustion engine to work at its highest efficiency by turning only the attached 175 kW generator, which sends power directly to its two electric traction motors.

With 403 hp (300 kW) and 981 lb-ft (1,330 Nm) of torque at zero rpm, the Karma can achieve better annual average fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions than nearly any other production car.

The petrol range-extending generator results in a total range of 300 miles.

The Karma can achieve 50 miles electric-only when powered by its 20 kWh lithium ion battery, which can be recharged in as little as six hours on standard 240-volt current.

When the battery is depleted, or when the driver engages Sport mode, the Karma’s 2.0-lire, turbocharged four-cylinder Ecotec petrol engine automatically turns a 175 kW generator that sends electricity to two 201.5 hp (150 kW /204 PS) electric traction motors mounted directly to the rear differential.

This single-speed gearbox ensures a smooth, constant delivery of power to the wheels all the way to the Karma’s top speed of 125 mph.

While Fisker Automotive is globally headquartered in Southern California, the Karma will be built by Valmet Automotive at its state-of-the-art flexible assembly plant in Finland.

Since 1969 Valmet has built more than 1.1 million vehicles, and currently builds Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman sports cars for Porsche AG.

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