Petrol-electric sports car is claimed to run with help from the sun’s energy; it's a four-door rival to the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Sam Sheehan
22 November 2017

Karma is updating its Revero hybrid sports car with ambitions to export the model into Asia and Europe for the first time.

New spy pictures show that the four-door coupé, a petrol-electric rival to the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, will get adjustments to its front and rear but that its overall bodyshape will stay true to the Karma of defunct car maker Fisker, of which the Revero is essentially a successor.

Karma chief revenue officer Jim Taylor has previously told Autocar that the Revero's delayed entry into Europe (including the UK) and Asia - it's been on sale in the US for 14 months - was always part of the business plan. Prices for the current car start at $130,000 (£98,124) in its domestic market.

The current Revero uses solar panels located on its roof that can power the car's electrified powertrain. Solar panels can be seen on the roof of the spotted development car, so expect improvements to their efficiency with the facelifted model.

"The energy collected from the solar panels is supplied directly to the car's high-voltage battery, which in turn powers the electric motors," Taylor explained when asked how they work on the current model. "Our solar panels are twice as powerful as the original [Fisker] ones."

While no charge time for the solar roof was revealed, Taylor suggested that strong Californian sunshine would enable owners to leave their car parked outside all day and return to it with noticeably more charge.

"We're still a long way off from being able to charge it up significantly in a few hours, but if you left your car parked in an airport car park for a couple of days, you'd see more energy," added Taylor.

The input of the sun's energy is displayed on the Revero's infotainment system, so drivers can see when energy is being captured, even on the move.

The current Revero uses a 260bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and twin electric motor set-up, with some parts supplied by BMW. It is claimed to be capable of running in full electric mode for up to 50 miles, but Karma is understood to be pushing for a raised EV range in the facelift in order to satisfy even more stringent real-world tests.

As a hybrid model, the Karma Revero straddles the line between all-electric rivals such as the Tesla Model S and more conventional alternatives such as the Porsche Panamera. Porsche's future Mission E production model could also be an eventual rival, as could the recently revealed Polestar 1.

Karma Automotive has been built upon the remains of Fisker Automotive, which closed for business in 2013 due to a lack of funding. With new Chinese owner Wanxiang Group providing a stronger financial backing to the renamed Karma, insiders are anticipating a more productive future for the American company.

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12 August 2016
Why not start with where most of the sales would be?,with a Car for the People,a Family Car,surely you would sell more to help cover the development costs?,your never going to get 30,000 buyers for a sportscar,if they could turn a Car for say £22,000 or around that,surely you'd get more sales if it doesn't need a charging infrastructure?

Peter Cavellini.

26 August 2016
Can't take something seriously when it's an unsuccessful car just relaunched and looks the same. Sorry but no.

26 August 2016
Who would be stupid enough to buy this turd again? The car is powered by smoke and mirrors and Taylor's imagination. What a sham these people should be embarassed

26 August 2016
Nice looking car but the Tesla model S technologically is like comparing a canoe to a power boat.
It stands 2 chances: Slim and none

26 August 2016
It's visually unchanged from the 5-year-old original design, which is unfortunate when there are much more elegant and modern looking cars out there.
I hope the really cheap and crude interior of the original gets an overhaul -- it's inexcusable for a car even at half its price.

26 August 2016
ahaus wrote:

It's visually unchanged from the 5-year-old original design, which is unfortunate when there are much more elegant and modern looking cars out there.
I hope the really cheap and crude interior of the original gets an overhaul -- it's inexcusable for a car even at half its price.

Well we tried. All those long Finnish nights..

26 August 2016
Jesus, you guys are a bit harsh, I m hardly a big fan of this or the original, but give it a chance, no figures have been released, nor much detail about anything other than the solar panels and some of you are saying its all "smoke and mirrors" - most of you just arent being fair.

27 August 2016
"We're still a long way off from being able to charge it up significantly in a few hours, but if you left your car parked in an airport car park for a couple of days, you'd see more energy," added Taylor.

I'm sorry but is this supposed to impress me? If thats the best they can do than clearly solar cells have not a reached a point yet where they are feasible to be used in automobiles. If the solar cells are intended to be a selling point of this car, you would have to be a moron to buy one. And typically the type of people who can afford cars like this aren't.

27 August 2016
i see from the rear 3/4 shot that the build-quality is still as shonky as the Karma. Unbelievable panelgaps on that car. Until the basic elements of a 'premium' car are sorted, I don't think this car can be taken seriously.

TBC

28 August 2016
From the description, is it my imagination, or is the fitment of solar panels on the roof, simply a silly, and I would imagine, expensive gimmick. When systems like KERS exist, why waste money on this stupidity?

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