Fisker Karma is the first car from Fisker Automotive. Fisker Automotive is a joint venture of Quantum Technologies and Fisker Coachbuild.
2011 Fisker Karma is 4-door elegant car. Apart from slinky styling, low-slung, the most distinctive feature of this car is its plug-in series hybrid power train. This car will be assembled in Finland. This car has already won the praise for the gorgeous look and higher technology.
Fisker Karma will be run by a standard turbo charged dohc l4/electric engine with fuel capacity of 122 liters/cu. inches. This is an innovative petrol engine with electric motor combination. In Q-Drive technology a generator will provide the power to the motor and will recharge the battery at the same time. It will have a 22 kilo watt per hour lithium-ion battery pack to power the motors which will drive the rear wheels. It will be able to run about 50 miles of all electric range, but after that you can drive the car by using a 2.0 liter direct injected Eco Tech four gasoline engine. This engine is sourced from General Motors. This engine will be used to power a generator which will provide electric power to the motors for another 200 miles or even more.
The fuel economy of the car is yet to be gauzed, but according to the company's estimation, if a driver drives a car within 50 miles (80 Km) per day range he will not be needed to refill the tank in a year. So it not only decreases the fuel consumption rate but also ensures an environment friendly vehicle.
Exterior and interior:
The car is going to build on an all new architecture. The overall dimensions of the car include a length of 196.3 inch, width of 78.1 inch and a height of 52.4 inch. The wheelbase of the car is 124.4 inch.
The interior of the car is capable to accommodate 2 passengers at a time. The whole interior is completely eco friendly. Wood domesticated from forest fire salvage logs, other renewable resources such as bamboo, river logs etc. are used for the interior. But the company offers optional leather seats. It will also offer a fully photovoltaic solar cell cover hood which will supply sufficient power (i.e. half kilowatt-hour per day, in a sunny day) to cool the cabin while parked.
According to the manufacturer on consistently sunny days, this solar roof would be able to add 3 to 5 miles of extra range to the car's battery per week. Another most outstanding feature of this car will be its inside and outside speakers. These speakers will simulate sound by using a technology which is something between a jet plane and a Formula One car. This feature will not only add uniqueness to Fisker Karma but also will ensure pedestrians' safety.
Fisker Karma offers all the standard safety features of a modern car. It has antilock brakes, traction control, antiskid system, front side airbags and curtain side airbags.
Fisker is planning to sell 15,000 automobiles at a price of $88,000 to $100,000 per piece.
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