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Green, exciting and fast: Fisker Karma 2010

Edward Green |
After many months of impatient waiting, the lovers of green and sport car finally have a reason to celebrate.

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In September 2007 Fisker Coachbuild, an automotive design house led by Henrik Fisker and co-founder Bernhard Koehler, partnered with Quantum Technologies to create Fisker Automotive, Inc., a car company with a mission to produce a range of environmentally friendly premium automobiles beautiful to look at and inspiring to drive.

A graduate of The Art Center College of Design, Fisker's CEO Henrik Fisker has created some of the most recognizable automobiles in the world. BMW, Aston-Martin, Ford and others enjoyed in his timeless designs. Bernhard Koehler brings nearly 30 years of business development, manufacturing and production experience. In January 2002, Koehler was appointed Director for New Business Development at Ford's design centre in London and he also directed the modelling and prototype concept build of the V8 Vantage.

To help fulfil Fisker’s and Koehler’s vision Quantum Technologies' experts handpicked top engineers and designers from around the world. Director of Engineering Thomas Fritz leads the team at the Fisker Engineering and Development Center in Pontiac, Michigan, where up to 200 engineers and designers will work. Fritz led engineering teams at Rolls-Royce, Ford and BMW. Alexander Klatt, Director Interior, Color & Material Design and Mark D. Clarke, Director Exterior Design each bring decades of top-level experience from BMW and Porsche.

After many months of impatient waiting, the lovers of green and sport car is U.S. finally have a reason to celebrate. Fisker has appointed its first group of U.S. retailers to market and service its luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles, beginning with the $87,900, 100mpg Karma sedan later this year. Thirty-two award-winning retailers have confirmed their intent to carry the Fisker marquee. Karma is coming, finally. The price? Deposit of $25,000 for the Karma S drop-top. For that car, not much.

Fisker Karma 2010 is four-door, four-passenger sedan, with lightweight extruded aluminium space frame and lightweight aluminium and composite body panels. The heart of this beauty is dual electric rear motors, rear wheel drive with mid-mounted battery pack and front/mid-mounted Internal Combustion Engine. The engine has quite enough power (2 x 150 kW - 403 hp total) and gasoline Engine with 260hp, Turbocharged 2-liter GM Ecotec.

So, how well does it performs? Fantastic. In stealth Mode, which means Lithium-ion power only, it goes from 0 to 60 miles/hour in 7.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6 seconds). Top speed is 95 miles/hour (153 km/h), and range is 50 miles (80km). In sport mode on Lithium it goes fro 0 to 60 miles/hour in 5.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds), top speed is 125 miles/hour (200 km/h) with the range of 300 miles (483km).

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