While Henry Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive, spent much of last week defending himself and his company against charges that he spent portions of a $529 million direct loan received from the Department of Energy in 2010 on creating manufacturing jobs in Finland rather than the US, his sales team, it seems, had other things to occupy its time — selling cars.
Fisker recently announced that they had received EPA certification for the 2012 model of the Karma sedan, meaning the green car can now official be sold in the United States. The Karma, a stylish luxury sports sedan is a series plug-in hybrid powered by a lithium-ion battery and a 2.0-liter range-extending gasoline engine. The gasoline engine only turns a generator, which charges the battery and sends electricity to two electric traction motors that drive the car.
When both the gasoline engine and the electric motors are running, Fisker claims the Karma’s total 403 horsepower can propel the car at up to 125 MPH and get a driver from 0 to 60 MPH in a very respectable 5.9 seconds. In the battery-only “Stealth” mode the Fisker can hit 95 MPH and can go from 0 to 60 in 7.9 seconds. The Karma’s all-electric range is 32 miles. To put that figure in perspective, a Karma driver with a 40-mile commute who starts each day with a full battery charge will only need to visit the gas station about every 1,000 miles and would use just nine gallons of gasoline per month.
The Karma battery can be recharged in less than six hours using the same 240v household current that powers many major home appliances. The Karma can also be charged using standard 110v power from any electrical outlet.
Want one? The base model Karma starts at about $97,000 and is eligible for the $7,500 US federal tax credit. “With receipt of EPA certification in hand, we have achieved a major milestone by recording the first sales of our groundbreaking Karma sedan,” said Fisker. “Production of the Karma is ramping, and we have a strong dealer network in place so we can deliver many more of these truly amazing automobiles to customers during the remainder of 2011 and for many years to come.”