posted by GM Fan on Dec 26
Fisker automotive is teaming up with General Motors to power its hybrid sedan coined the Karma. The plug-in sedan will be powered by a 2.0L Ecotec engine which will trigger a generator to run the car after the Karma runs 50 miles on its battery. This technology is called the Q drive which was exclusively developed by Quantum Technologies for Fisker.
The Karma which may source some of its parts from the Powertrain Integration LLC unit of GM is scheduled to debut come the Detroit Auto Show in January 2009.
The hybrid car from Fisker will race from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and will have a top speed of 125 mph. It will also utilize a regenerative braking to optimally utilize energy during deceleration.
The car will have two driving modes: A stealth drive is geared towards saving fuel and relaxed driving conditions while a sport drive will allow the driver to use the full power of the engine.
The design of the car was focused on using aluminum panels to keep the weight ideal and placing the battery on a center console for even distribution of weight. The sleek design makes use of long continuous line terminating with a long hood and lowered posture.
The manufacturer offers optional solar panels which may help the car cool when it is parked and help in the recharging of the battery. It may also come with solar panels that can be used at home to generate electricity during day time for household consumption and charging the car at night.
The sports sedan is scheduled to hit the market in the last quarter of 2009 with a starting sticker of $80000.