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Pro driver tests Fisker Karma [video]

Fisker Santa Monica dealerships puts the car on the road to highlight this plug-in hybrid's features

Take a drive in the 2012 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid with professional driver Kyle Shields.

Borrowed from the Fisker Santa Monica dealership, Shields explains the appeal of the car while driving the streets of Los Angeles.

Fisker began deliveries of the car last month. The 2012 Karma is powered by a 20kW lithium-ion battery which sends current to two electric motors that develop a total of 408 PS (300 kW / 402 hp) and 1,300 Nm (959 lb/ft) of torque. 0-100 km/h is achieved in 5.9 seconds, while top speed is 200 km/h (124 mph). The plug-in Karma can travel up to 80.5 km (50 miles) on electricity alone. A turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine acts as a generator to recharge the battery, extending the range up to 483 km (300 miles). Average fuel consumption is 2.4 liters/100km (98 mpg US) and CO2 emissions are just 83 g/km.

Source: LAcarGUY1/YouTube via Motor Authority

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eddie
Also with the EREV you save at least 3-$4000/year on fuel which would help cover any no warranty type problems. I know the Honda Clarity, Chevy Volt, and Nissan leaf offer leases to take the risk of depreciation problems in the future and uncertainty of new technology
Aug 4, 2011 6:15 pm
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eddie
A chevy motor should be inexpensive to maintain vs exotic motors and electric motors are cheap and are essentially no maintenance
Aug 4, 2011 6:07 pm
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GTurbo
thamzn, I hear you because the Karma is essentially a hybrid! However, this is a saloon (sedan in the States) and it looks like a million dollars!! No-gears technology is novel, but the hidden costs should be astronomical and the typical buyers of the Karma wouldn't worry too much about such concerns. Great effort by an ex-BMW engineer.
Aug 4, 2011 5:12 pm
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thamzn
Anything with a petrol engine and an electric motor is a Hybrid. This car is a Hybrid, not an electric car.
Aug 4, 2011 4:45 pm
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CDspeed
I agree, I think calling this and cars like the Volt an EREV is just an attempt to make the car sound more advanced than it really is. I remember both the Karma and the Volt being call plug-in hybrids when they were introduced. Gas+Electric=Hybrid and it's the same for Electric+Gas it still equals Hybrid.
Aug 4, 2011 5:32 pm
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eddie
Big oil wants to keep things the way it is especially with the 30 billion dollar subsidies. We could have another industrial revolution in alternative energy but instead that is moving overseas also with the jobs and more of our middle class with it.
Aug 4, 2011 4:12 pm
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eddie
New technology is not for the faint of heart. That is why there are LEADERS and Followers in business. Remember how expensive the first microwaves were and the first plasma TVs. Costs and environmental impacts will improve.
Aug 4, 2011 4:08 pm
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carbonjk
shaahinmt, EXACTLY!!!
Aug 4, 2011 1:11 pm
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CDspeed
Gasoline and diesel use far more energy to produce then any battery. Fisker is using greener production processes then most manufacturers they are even using reclaimed wood for their wood trim.
Aug 4, 2011 4:07 pm
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Prince_Ash
Car cost? Battery Cost? Battery Replacement Cost? Solar roof panel Cost? Replacement for that? i think the cost will cost more then a typical full engine car of the same quality. :S im not hating on it because it does look nice, and sounds interesting but im also looking at the reality of the car and costs.
Aug 4, 2011 11:26 am
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shaahinmt
all that + battery production is a process that is very bad for the environment and lots of energy is used to produce the battery, so at the end its not at all enviro-friendly anyway.
Aug 4, 2011 12:55 pm
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eddie
It is nice that a small company can do what a large company can not do, Beautiful car and this technology will spill over to the other companies
Aug 4, 2011 10:53 am
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Mr_You
IMO this is the best looking 4-door car ever made! :-)
Aug 4, 2011 9:56 am
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