Fisker Karma Hybrid Gets Its First Delivery

Don’t let the title fool you, we’re not talking about the instant kind of karma John Lennon sang about, rather the much-hyped, but slow to be released, luxury plug-in hybrid from green car company Fisker Automotive. According to the company, the first Karma in the United States was delivered to board member Ray Lane in late July.

We’ve covered the vehicle quite a bit here at EarthTechling over the last few months, noting that the company announced details about commercial sales of the car at the Geneva Auto Show this year as well as the first public test drive being conducted by the Prince of Monaco. We even poked at the manufacturer’s sexy plans to partner with charging station company EV Connect.

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image via Fisker Automotive

The four-seat Karma comes equipped with a lithium-ion battery system and two rear-mounted 201.5 horspower 150 kilowatt electric motors that gives the car a range of 50 miles in all-electric mode. The gasoline power gives the car an extra range of 250 miles, with a fuel economy stated at 100 miles per gallon.

Fisker says the car has a top speed of over 125 miles per hour, and that the vehicle can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, not at all bad for a green ride, especially one so nicely designed. The old saying “you pay for what you get” may be appropriate here, however, as the Karma is expected to retail for right around $100,000 once it becomes available to drivers across the country.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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