The Fisker Karma: Can It Be Real?

By Andy Y, 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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