Fisker has announced plans to launch the production version of its electric Karma sports saloon at the Detroit motor show in January.
“We are very excited to be bringing the Fisker Karma back to NAIAS,” said CEO Henrik Fisker. He added that the $87,900 Karma was sold out until mid-2010 and that deliveries would begin in November next year.
The Fisker Karma uses its own hybrid powertrain – branded Q-Drive – offering an all-electric range of 50 miles. It works with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, which charges the lithium-ion batteries when they run down.
Fisker Automotive says that commuters who drive less than 50 miles a day will average 100mpg over the course of a year.
The company is promising that the dramatic looks of the Karma concept have barely been changed for the production car.
The rakish four-seat saloon is built around a lightweight, aluminium frame and has aluminium panels to try and save weight, but it still weighs a whopping 2109kg because of its electric powertrain.