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Fisker Karma Launch Delayed, Again.

Posted in Electric Vehicles, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Plug-In Vehicles by Kurt Ernst | June 5th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

The Fisker Karma. Image: Fisker

In the we-saw-this-coming-months-ago department, deliveries of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid have been delayed for another month. Motor Authority says that initial deliveries of demonstration vehicles and customer cars will begin in July, but didn’t give any indication of quantities. Their source is Roger Ormisher, Fisker’s director of global communications, so even the July timeline may prove to be a bit optimistic.

The Karma has some impressive stats on paper, but missed deadlines and increasing prices have plagued the car from the start. According to Fisker, the Karma will run from zero to sixty in under six seconds and deliver a battery-only range of up to 50 miles. Beyond that, a range-extending generator powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine provides current for the car’s electric motors in a layout similar to the Chevy Volt. Unlike the Volt, the Karma has a top speed of 125 miles per hour and a body shape that’s best described as stunning. Also stunning is the Karma’s price tag, which has gravitated upwards from last year’s projection of $88,000 to a current list price of $95,900. Call me a cynic, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see further delays before we see dealer demo units on these shores.

Source: Motor Authority

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2 Responses

  1. Set says:

    Maybe because it’s just not possible. Just saying. Wasn’t the original goal in the $40k range?

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      I’m not sure it was ever that low, but even last year the price was set at $88k. It’ll be real interesting to see what happens if and when customer cars are delivered.