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The Fisker Karma: Can It Be Real?

January 13, 2009

Fisker Automotive's public relations machine has been busy during the Detroit Auto Show, as Fisker unveiled the production-ready Karma.

Fisker Karma

The Karma is a staggering achievement if it ultimately lives up to the numbers that Fisker has released.  The luxury sport sedan will drive its wheels with electric power exclusively, using a gasoline engine only to charge lithium batteries.  The car is a plug-in hybrid, and if driving ranges are kept under 60 miles, the gasoline engine will never be needed.

Performance is startling: 0-60mph in 5.8sec and a maximum of 125mph when electric and gasoline power are both in full swing.  This is a usable four-seater, as opposed to the tiny Tesla Roadster, and what's truly astonishing is the price point: $87,900.

If Fisker can pull this off without significant set back and drama (a la Tesla), then the Karma smells like a success--perhaps even a game-changer for the American industry, if Fisker can take its technology down market as well.

For $5,000, you can get on the list.

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Andy Y is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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