If there is one eco friendly car that looks sexy – it’s Fiskar Karma.
Mister Henrik Fisker proved to be amazing designer and business man. As I always say creative people can apply their skills in business, not only in art. And this car is definitively art. Plug-in hybrid with amazing capability. OK, let’s go to numbers game.
The Karma is powered by Quantum Technologies’ (weapon builders) Q-Drive technology, an innovative petrol engine/electric motor combination. Q-Drive is a series hybrid system meaning that the engine is power up electric motors if need, and only electric motors have direct power transition to the wheels. The Karma’s two 201 brake horsepower (204 PS) motors produce 1,300 newton metres (960 ft·lbf) of torque, more than the Bugatti Veyron at 1,250 N·m (920 ft·lbf).
Solar panel on the roof (check images below) is not only to aid in the recharging of its Lithium-Ion batteries but also to aid the cabin climate control system. The solar roof is capable of generating a half kilowatt-hour a day and is estimated to provide up to 4 to 5 miles (6.4–8.0 km) of additional range a week assuming continuously sunny days. Also the Fiskar will offer a set of solar panels for the garage/house which may charge the Karma entirely ‘off the grid’.
Karma is able to run around 80 kilometres only on electric power. That is enough for the most of commuters. For a longer trips you can use a bit of petrol. And don’t forget to break a lot and recharge battery. Fisker Automotive has also suggested that when in ‘sport-hybrid’ mode the
Karma will be capable of 100 miles per US gallon (2.4 l/100 km) of fuel consumed for a range of 480 km. Despite its eco-friendly background the Karma features a 125 mph (201 km/h) top speed and is capable of reaching 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in 5.8 seconds.
Looking at the number above, I think that Porsche build 918 Spyder to try to match Karma. We’ll see that. For sure sexy Karma will hijack our hearts very soon, as it will appear on the streets in spring 2011.
Beauty and the beats… with eco friendly heart.