2012 Fisker-Karma
by Dave Stall

The Fisker-Karma has finally arrived in San Diego at Marvin K. Brown in Mission Valley. The dealership is the sole dealer in San Diego and has sold 30 vehicles to date.

2012 Fisker-KarmaThis is an amazing car. Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler have more than 51 years in the automobile design world. They are responsible for this design along with some financial government assistance. Most of that money is being spent in the U.S. Currently the car is built in Sweden, but there are nearly 400 engineers in Irvine California working on building the car in the U.S. Fisker Atlantic, a new option, is right around the corner.

Fisker-Karma is the first automobile company to bring a true premium hybrid electric vehicle to market. With innovative ideas like using reclaimed woods from the bottom of the Michigan Lake and stressed woods from California fires, plus seat cushions from green technology and environmentally made door panels, the Fisker Karma is taking its part in giving back to mother earth. One bonus is they don’t skimp when it comes to looks, comfort, performance and on the 22-inch alloy wheels.

The Fisker-Karma is powered by an electric generator that gets it power from a gas powered four cylinder twin turbocharged engine that produces 400 horsepower. The pound-foot of torque doesn’t come from the engine, it comes from the generator, and that torque number is outstanding – 995 pound-foot of torque. There’s no transmission just electric motors at the rear wheels rated at 4:10 gear ratio. Check out the solar panel on the roof, biggest in the industry.

The batteries in the Fisker- Karma are mid-mounted lithium ion battery pack with Nanophosphate technology. The battery capacity is 20.1 KWH and the voltage is 336-Volts, on board charger is a 3.3 KWH. It is not recommended for a home charging system; see dealer for more information.

Performance is controlled with a top speed of 125 and acceleration from 0 to 60 is 6.3 seconds in Sport Mode. Driving range will vary depending on the terrain. The electric system averages 50 miles on the electric supply, then the gas engine kicks in and the range is extended up to an additional 300 miles. Need more range, then fill the 9-gallon fuel tank with premium. The electric/gas transition is seamless.

Safety features include eight air bags, knee bags, side curtain and side seat bags. The car has a great sound system and Blue Tooth. The car weighs around 5500 pounds but drives great and handling is superb. The price is $100,000 plus tax and license, but there are rebates. See a dealer.

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