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Fisker Karma PDF Print E-mail

Hybrids and plug-ins are, apparently, all the rage and manysuch vehicles were exhibited at January?s Detroit auto show.? But one that was more or less ignored by theworld?s media, deserves greater exposure: the fascinating Fisker Karma.

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With the introduction of the Fisker Karma, the world?s firstluxury plug-in hybrid, Fisker Automotive, a green American car company, ispoised to change the landscape of the automotive industry. In the past, saysFisker, being eco-conscious often meant sacrificing something for the greatergood of the planet. But with the Karma, luxury automobile consumers will havethe ability to buy an environmentally-friendly vehicle without sacrifice - avehicle that will still deliver the superior style and luxury they desire.

Over the past 18 years in car design, Henrik Fisker has lefthis thumbprint on some of the most highly regarded automobiles. His creationsrange from the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, to his mostrecent creations, the Tramonto and Latigo CS, designed under the FiskerCoachbuild nameplate.

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With the launch of Fisker Automotive, Fisker was inspired tokeep the excitement alive in car design. This time a new element was consideredin the overall design ? to deliver a beautiful car that makes environmentalsense.

The concept was created between two independent companies thatwanted to make a difference in not only the automotive industry, but to theenvironment as well. Fisker Coachbuild and Quantum Technologies announced thisjoint venture partnership in September 2007. Fisker Coachbuild provides theexclusive design services while Quantum Technologies - a publicly traded company- provides the latest technological advancements.

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With the Karma, the driver is able to select between two modesof driving. The first mode is stealth drive, which is the quiet economy modefor optimal relaxed and efficient driving. By flipping the second paddle behindthe steering wheel, the car will switch to sport drive, which will access thefull power of the vehicle. Regenerative brakes are featured to capture brakingenergy, while a low center of gravity provides optimal sport vehicle drivingdynamics.? Performance figures indicatethe different extremes of the two alternatives. In stealth mode, 100 km/h isreached in 7.5 seconds, with a maximum of a shade over 150 km/h; in sport thesprint time is reduced to 5.8 seconds and top speed upped to 200 km/h.

Statistics show that the majority of pollution fromautomobiles occurs on consumers' daily commute to and from work or dropping thekids off at school. Currently, more than 60 percent of Americans and Europeansare driving less than 80 kilometers on their daily commute. If this 60 percentof commuters would drive a plug-in hybrid like the Karma, it would see thefastest possible reduction both in oil consumption and emissions - all withoutsacrificing daily driving habits. Additionally, plug-in hybrids have thepotential to augment the planning of cleaner electrical power plants,ultimately producing a dramatic effect on society and future generations.

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The Karma?s configuration consists of a small gasolineengine that turns the generator, which charges the lithium-ion battery pack,powering the electric motor and driving the rear wheels.? The design allows owners to drive the caremission-free for up to 80 km a day provided the car is charged every evening.It is conceivable that if consumers follow this daily routine, they will onlyneed to fuel the car around once a year. This means it will not only cut down onpollution and global warming, but on a consumer?s gasoline budget as well. Fiskerwill also offer partly self-contained climate control, as consumers will havethe option to purchase a full-length solar roof that will help charge the carand provide cooling for the interior cabin while the car is parked.Additionally, Fisker Automotive will offer consumers an option to purchase aset of solar panels for their roofs or garages where they can generateelectricity during the day to charge the car overnight; again cost and emissionfree.

Initial production is anticipated to be 15,000 vehiclesannually with pricing to start at $87,900. For further information go to www.fiskerautomotive.com

 

 

 
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