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Hybrid Car Review: Fisker Chooses GM Ecotec Engine for the Karma

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fisker Chooses GM Ecotec Engine for the Karma

Fisker plans to bring the Extended Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) Karma to the US in the fourth quarter of 2009. The hybrid engine will have two engines, an electric motor and GM's Ecotec 2.0 direct injection, turbo-charged 4-cylinder gas engine.

The gas engine will produce 260 hp, and will charge the battery after the car exceeds the 50 mile all electric range. In case you aren't familiar, the Karma (and Chevy's Volt) will drive for a certain range on battery power. You can re-charge the battery pack by plugging the car in (most likely overnight). On a full charge, the Chevy Volt will travel 40 miles on all electric power. After that, the gas engine kicks in. Unlike the hybrids on the road today, however, the gas engine is just there to re-charge the battery. Only the electric motor will move the car.

Which is very exciting for most people until they find out about the price tag. The Volt will be available, according to the current reports, at about $40,000.

Fisker says they are open to purchasing other components from GM to 'enhance' the Karma. The Karma will be built in Finland by Valmet Automotive, which currently produces the Boxter and Cayman. But Porche cancelled future production, allowing Fisker to move into the available space. The Karma will start selling in the fourth quarter of 2009, with deliveries made in North America. Europe should see sales begin in 2010. Fisker is targeting 15,000 sales a year.

Some more details on the Fisker Karma: The original plan for the Karma and some more details on the Karma.

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