Fisker Karma – Lead the Future with Q Drive Hybrid Technology

This is excellent new, even though is a hybrid solution for transportation that is not in the financial reach on many. Fisher Automotive are hard working to get their announce Karma plug-in hybrid onto the hands of consumers. Not more than six months ago they announced the concept hybrid concept car in the Detroit auto show and they are already doing test on perhaps some real prototypes. I found this picture of the new hybrid design by Henrik Fisher on a post on the Autopia blog.The Karma plug-in hybrid differentiates from other alternative transportation vehicles, in the car is a high performance sedan, with four doors and it looks amazing getting away from the mind conception that environment friendly transportation is dull and not sport like.

For those that this is the first time you read from this new hybrid vehicle, the approach is basically a electric car with a combustion engine that moves a electric generator to provide electric power to the car. The car can work in a mode were it only used stored electric power wish is a Stealth Drive mode, which is a quiet economy mode for optimal relaxed and efficient driving. By changing into a secondary mode by flipping a paddle behind the steering wheel, the car will switch to Sport Drive mode, which will access the full power of the vehicle. Talking about full power, the technology inside the Karma plug-in hybrid would get you from 0-60 in less than 6 second (0-100 km/h 6 seconds). It has a top speed beyond 125 mph (200 km/h), been an electric drive car it has is maximum torque available from 0 mph providing dramatic acceleration, something that is trade of electric motors. Other features a regenerative braking to recapture energy while the car decelerates (braking). The only thing not so appealing about the Karma is the introductory price tag of $80,000, but somewhere the development of alternative transportation solutions that are many times more efficient and have lower environment impact should begins. Remember that every time something new and niche comes along get introduce at very high cost, but let’s anticipate that development like these open up for creative transportation of electric and electric/hybrid vehicles that in a future could be more accessible in price to everyone.

For more information regarding the Karma plug-in hybrid you can check the resources link at the end of this post. Following are the recent found pictures on the Autopia blog from test drives of the vehicle enjoy.

Fisker’s premium hybrid sports sedan finally has a name: Karma. It is particularly apt since the coach builder’s aim is to give customers a luxury sports sedan about which they can feel proud for what it does, or doesn’t do, to the environment. The Karma is powered by what’s being called Q-DRIVE, a system developed by Quantum Technologies that combines a four-cylinder engine sending power to a generator to propel the four-door sedan. Fisker claims that the Karma can run from zero to sixty in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 125 mph.

There are two different modes available to drivers; the first, dubbed “Stealth Drive” is a pure electric mode which should allow the Karma to run off the lithium ion battery pack for 50 miles before the engine kicks into boost the juice. The second, a sports mode, integrates the four-banger for peak performance and, according to Fisker, makes the Karma sound like a combination of a jet fighter and an F1 car. The batteries themselves are placed smack dab in the middle of the vehicle, which lowers the car’s center of gravity and improves weight distribution. Of course, the Karma is a luxury vehicle at heart and will include a navigation system and DVD player with headrest-mounted displays.

As for the design, it’s unique and we’re totally crushing on it. It’s like a Maserati Quattroporte with more curves and character. Make no mistake, if you eventually own one you’ll never see another on the road. If you’re interested, however, you’ll have to wait until late 2009 to take delivery, although we’re certain Fisker wouldn’t mind accepting a deposit before then. The first batch of 99 will be signed by the designer, Henrik Fisker, and coated in the same color as above. Price? $80,000.

Performance, Dynamics & Efficiency
Plug-in hybrid technology Q DRIVE
0-60 in less than 6 seconds (0-100 km/h 6 seconds)
Top speed beyond 125 mph (200 km/h)
Maximum torque available from 0 mph with a dramatic acceleration to its top speed
Two Driving Modes: The driver will be able to select between two modes of driving. The first mode is Stealth Drive, which is the quiet economy mode for optimal relaxed and efficient driving. By flipping the second paddle behind the steering wheel, the car will switch to Sport Drive, which will access the full power of the vehicle.
Regenerative brakes featured to recapture braking energy
Low center of gravity provides optimal sport vehicle driving dynamics
Exterior
All new from the ground up exterior design
Low and wide stance
All new drive train configuration with optimal weight distribution
Extensive use of lightweight materials for panels used for optimal weight and driving dynamics
Self-contained climate control through a full-length solar roof to help charge the car and provide cooling for the interior cabin while the car is parked
Plug-In Configuration features small bonnet “doors” for easy charging and engine fluids refill
22-inch lightweight alloy wheels
LED tail-lamps
Driver visibility – Front fenders visible with a view of the long hood
Interior
Luxurious interior
Clean & efficient design
Four individual “first class” seats
Spacious trunk for luxury travel
Navigation system
Dimensions
Overall Length: 195.67 inches (4970mm)
Overall Width: 78.11 inches (1984 mm)
Overall Height: 51.57 inches (1310mm)
Front track: 66.49 inches (1689mm)
Rear track: 67.71 inches (1720 mm)

Scribbled on August 5th 2008 in Fisker, Miscellaneous, News
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