Fisker Karma Begins Production

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Fisker said it wants to build 7,000 Karmas in 2012. That’s down from an expected 15,000 in an earlier statement.

The Karma works like the Chevrolet Volt. The vehicle’s lithium-nanophosphate batteries give the vehicle an estimated 50-mile EV range and 300 miles of total range with the gas generator in play, too. If you want to go faster than 95 mph — the limit for electric-only driving — the gas generator will kick in to let the sedan go up to 125 mph. The car can fully charge in eight to 10 hours with a 240-volt plug. The 403-horsepower dual electric motors can propel the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in as little as 5.8 seconds.

Fisker originally priced the Karma at $87,900, but it has risen to $95,900. It is eligible for a tax credit worth up to $7,500.

By 2013, the company hopes to produce 100,000 electric vehicles a year at a reconstituted GM plant in Delaware, and many leading analysts say that’s a wildly optimistic goal, according to Delaware Online. The company wants to start selling a midsize plug-in sedan that starts a little under $50,000, along with an SUV. Fisker is operating with a $528.7 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy to build those vehicles in the U.S.

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