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Fisker Karma deliveries underway [video]

Company chairman gets one of the first models

After years of delays, Fisker has started to deliver the first Karmas to eager customers.

As we have previously reported, the model has a 20kW lithium-ion battery which sends power to two electric motors that develop 408 PS (300 kW / 402 hp) and 1,300 Nm (959 lb/ft) of torque. This enables the Karma to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, hit a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) and travel up to 80.5 km (50 miles) on electricity alone. When the battery is depleted, a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine acts as a generator to recharge it. Thanks to this setup, the car has an overall range of 483 km (300 miles), an average fuel consumption of 2.4 L/100km (98 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 83 g/km.

According to Fisker Chairman Ray Lane, "To be one of the first to have a Fisker Karma in the world is a uniquely satisfying honor for me. Our country, and our business environment - especially here in the Silicon Valley - has been inspired by those who dream and then commit themselves to making their passion real. Henrik Fisker and his devoted team have done just that- combining my passion for driving and the environment."

Source: Fisker

FISKER KARMA DEBUTS IN SILICON VALLEY

Ray Lane Accepts Keys to Company's Signature Series Fisker Karma

Anaheim, CA - July 26, 2011: Ray Lane, Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (Menlo Park) has added another first to his already impressive list of personal and business achievements.

Mr. Lane serves as the Chairman of the Board of Fisker Automotive, Chairman of Carnegie Mellon University and also Hewlett-Packard Corporation. He also serves as Vice Chairman of Special Olympics International. "But, today I am a true car enthusiast and thrilled to be getting the keys to this spectacular new Fisker Karma," he said.

The delivery of the Silver Mirage colored 2012 Fisker Karma is one of the initial batch of production cars from Fisker Automotive, an American car company founded in 2007, and committed to producing electric vehicles with extended range - cars that deliver uncompromised responsible luxury to the consumer.

The Fisker Karma is the world's first premium electric plug-in hybrid and ushers in a new paradigm for environmentally conscious cars and thoughtful owners who care for the environment and have a passion for performance, style and luxury.

Designed by Henrik Fisker, the Karma is assembled in Finland and will be sold in North America through a network of premium brand retailers and globally through luxury importers. The four passenger sedan has a top speed in excess of 125 mph and will accelerate from 0-to-60 in 5.9 seconds. In real world driving - the Karma can achieve the equivalent of 100 MPG.

"To be one of the first to have a Fisker Karma in the World is a uniquely satisfying honor for me. Our country, and our business environment - especially here in the Silicon Valley - has been inspired by those who dream and then commit themselves to making their passion real. Henrik Fisker and his devoted team have done just that- combining my passion for driving and the environment."

"This is so much more than just another car. The Fisker Karma represents a new era for the automotive industry and I am proud to be driving the dream of all those who have worked so hard to bring this uniquely green and elegant vehicle to market," Lane concluded.

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sensei
So, the car was not delivered to an actual customer but rather an investor. This PR stunt is completely transparent. Not impressed until a real customer buys a car and it get delivered.
Jul 28, 2011 4:11 am
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CDspeed
I've seen so many pictures of this car over the past year or two that it feels like it's already time for the Karma to get a facelift. Not that it needs one it just seems like it's already time for a refresh.
Jul 27, 2011 11:38 pm
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M!
need a sound clip of it...
Jul 27, 2011 11:30 pm
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car-o-bar
There is no sound, it is an electric car, engine kicks in to charge the batteries, only artificial sound comes in city mode to warn the pedestrians.
Jul 28, 2011 3:28 pm
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eddie
It is nice to see that a small company can do more than a big company. Ya it is expensive but the price will come down because of the wealthy willing to invest in the future. Remember how expensive the first microwave or plasma tv were?
Jul 27, 2011 11:14 pm
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zamzungas
Finaly, i hope it was worth that waiting, well nobody knows what exacly is quality and realibility of this cars, but it seems that the karma is the best in the market :)
Jul 27, 2011 4:10 pm
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