First Fisker Karma Delivery Expected Later This Month
Fisker is reportedly set to deliver its very first production Karma to film star Leonardo DiCaprio by the end of July. According to Autocar, the startup automaker is churning out five vehicles per week at the Valmet Automotive plant in Finland, with production expected to jump to 300 vehicles per week beginning in November.
The Karma plug-in hybrid sports sedan was originally announced for a late-2009 release, but a string of setbacks have delayed delivery of the first car by about 18 months, leading some to question whether Fisker's bold concept would ever become a reality. Thankfully, those fears look like they can finally be put to rest.
Fisker says it has obtained 3,000 pre-orders for the vehicle, and counts well-known figures like DiCaprio, Colin Powell, and Al Gore among its expectant customers. The company says it expects the car to remain sold out until at least early 2012.
The Karma has dual electric motors offering 400 horsepower and an electric range of up to 50 miles thanks to its 22 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which is joined by a 2.2-liter engine powering a generator to recharge the pack. Starting at nearly $97,000, the sedan is just the first step in Fisker's plan to revolutionize the vehicle market. The carmaker plans to one day sell 100,000 units of its $50,000 Project Nina sedan per year, though that vehicle isn't expected to debut until 2013.
In the meantime, Autocar says that Fisker is readying two additional body styles for the Karma. Convertible and shooting-brake models are expected to debut soon, with the shooting-brake version reportedly headed for a September unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Last month, Fisker announced a home charging partnership with California's EV Connect, which will oversee installation of charging stations designed in-house by Fisker. The carmaker will offer the charger as part of an all-inclusive $2300 package, with EV Connect providing home evaluations, installations, and customer support.
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