For the past few years, Tesla Motor has been the only high performance, high design, electric car company in the headlines. Taking all the glory and all the bashing that comes with creating a forward thinking company like Tesla. But that time seems to be coming to an end. A one time Tesla partner and now competitor, Fisker has developed their own line of cars, called Karma. Their very first extended range all electric luxury sedan is about to hit the roads, the company says in late 2009.
But Fisker is done, they have already developed a second generation car called the Karma S- for Sunset — concept that debuted at the Detroit auto show shares its gas-electric drivetrain with the Karma sedan but wraps it in an even sleeker two-door body that could see production within two years. The California startup’s range-extended electric vehicles — like the Tesla Roadster, Cadillac Converj concept and high-dollar hybrids from Mercedes and BMW — point to an emerging market of premium green cars that place as much importance on performance as they do efficiency.
Green gets stylized with an air of sophistication as Quantum Technologies and Fisker Coachbuild LLC team up to bring us Fisker Automotive, Inc. Calling themselves the green American premium car company, their first roll-out will be four-door plug-in hybrid premium sports sedan, which is slated to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The price tag for this eagerly anticipated vehicle starts at $80,000. Sound a bit steep for a sedan, I know — but just wait until you see what your money gets you. The performance details include being able to achieve an impressive 50 miles on a pure electric charge. (Utilizing an optional gasoline or diesel fuel engine can extend that to 620 miles.) And those of you wanting to do your part to squash the foreign oil biz will be glad to know the Fisker also provides a whopping 100 miles per gallon of performance.
Remember when instant mashed potatoes arrived on the food scene? While not as delicious as fresh and homemade, they boasted a precious saving of prep time in the kitchen. The problem was lumps, which are inherent in the natural variety but were noticeably absent from the fake ones. So, in an effort to produce more a more realistic-seeming fake product, the manufacturers of instant mashed potatoes began adding lumps.
But they didn’t fool me. They were still instant mashed potatoes.
Henrik Fisker is now attempting a similar endeavor with his new plug-in/solar electric hybrid Karma sports car. The fast but environmentally responsible vehicle can travel 80 kilometers (50 miles) without relying on gas, which cuts down tremendously on emissions and our dependence on foreign oil. When battery power runs out, the engine utilizes a one-gallon fuel reserve to recharge the car. Nice.