THE NATURE OF LUXURY
Luxury leads the way for the driver – and the environment – with the
world’s first eco-chic cars created in equally eco-friendly
facilities. The Karma’s dramatic proportions and sumptuous design
offer smile-inducing performance. And the interior lets four adults
and luggage travel in comfort. With zero emissions. Zero compromise.
And a cleaner conscience than ever before.
THE NATURE OF TECHNOLOGY
The Karma uses Q-DRIVE
plug-in hybrid technology, developed exclusively for Fisker
Automotive by Quantum Technologies. A fully-charged Karma burns no
fuel for the first 50 miles. Venture further and the gasoline engine
turns a generator to charge the lithium ion battery. Once the
50-mile electric range has been exceeded, the car operates as a
normal hybrid vehicle. This balance of electric and gas range makes
it entirely possible that Karma drivers who charge their car
overnight and commute less than 50 miles a day will achieve an
average fuel economy of 100 mpg (2.4L/100km) per year.
THE NATURE OF BEAUTY
never been more beautifully infused with elegance and style.
Designer Henrik Fisker has taken the automotive hybrid to a new
level of performance and style. With zero compromise in either
Low, wide and coupe-like
in profile, sensually sculpted surfaces mix with dramatic and
powerful proportions to give the Fisker Karma a “look” all its own.
The Karma's dynamic stance is just as much a thing of beauty as it
is a result of the car's proprietary technical layout. Standard
22-inch light alloy rims at all four corners make Karma a
world-leader in the wheel to body relationship. Form and function go
hand in hand at Fisker.
Furthermore, innovative and functional design features such as
side-mounted charging indicators, state-of-the-art LED-Xenon
lighting, unique external mounted speaker covers and a one-piece
solar glass roof work in harmony to express the new design aesthetic
that is Eco-Chic.
The exterior design of the production Karma is instantly
recognizable and makes no compromises, with only minor changes from
the 2008 Karma show car.
Fisker Automotive is
taking a novel approach to merging beauty and style with an
environmental conscience. The car features cutting-edge plug-in
hybrid technology, penned as Q DRIVE, developed by Quantum
Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive. The Karma's Q DRIVE
configuration consists of a small gasoline engine that turns the
generator, which charges the lithium ion battery pack, powering the
electric motor and turning the rear wheels.
This proprietary design allows consumers' to drive the car emission
free for up to 50 miles (80km) a day provided the car is charged
every evening. It's conceivable that if consumers follow this daily
routine, they will only need to fuel the car but once a year. This
means it will not only cut down on pollution and global warming, but
on a consumer's gasoline budget as well. This Q DRIVE technology
will provide a base for all future derivatives from Fisker
The Fisker Karma will offer partly self-contained climate control,
as consumers will have the option to purchase a full-length solar
roof that will help charge the car and provide cooling for the
interior cabin while the car is parked. Additionally, Fisker
Automotive will offer consumers an option to purchase a set of solar
panels for their roofs or garages where they can generate
electricity during the day to charge the car overnight…again cost
and emission free.
Statistics show that the majority of pollution from automobiles
occurs on consumers' daily commute to and from work or dropping the
kids off at school. Currently, more than 60% of Americans and
Europeans are driving less than 50 miles (80km) on their daily
commute. If this 60% of commuters would drive a plug-in hybrid like
the Fisker Karma, we could see the fastest possible reduction both
in oil consumption and emissions - all without sacrificing their
daily driving habits. Additionally, plug-in hybrids have the
potential to augment the planning of cleaner electrical power
plants, ultimately producing a dramatic effect on our society and