Fisker Karma Prototype, 2008
The Fisker Automotive, founded in 2007 by Fisker Coachbuild, LLC and Quantum Technologies, is a privately owned American car company producing premium green automobiles. North American corporate headquarters are located in Irvine.
The Fisker Automotive, the new American manufacturer of premium green automobiles.
The four-seat, plug-in hybrid hardtop convertible furthers the company’s belief that driving style and performance need not be compromised for environmental friendliness.
The open-air Fisker Karma S concept shares its aluminum spaceframe architecture and clean Q-DRIVE powertrain with the Fisker Karma sedan.
Designed and engineered by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive,
Q-DRIVE provides 50 emission-free miles on a single charge to its lithium-ion battery pack, and up to 403hp from two electric motors. The power retractable hard top, a first for Fisker, glides neatly into the trunk and a unique design language sets the Karma S concept apart.
The Karma S is an extension of the Fisker Automotive product range of eco-conscious automobiles and sets the tone for the future.
The 4-door, four-seat Karma fuses the traditional and timeless styling of veteran auto designer, with Quantum Technologies’ clean Q-DRIVE plug-in hybrid powertrain to become the world’s first luxury plug-in hybrid car.
The Exclusive to Fisker Automotive, Q-DRIVE provides the best combination of power, efficiency and low emissions.
The system is comprised of two 201hp electric motors powered by an advanced lithium-ion technology battery pack.
A generator attached to a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec direct injection (D1) gasoline engine provides extended range capabilities.
The features two operating modes: Stealth Mode and Sport Mode. In electric-only Stealth Mode, drivers can travel
emission free for up to 50 miles on a full charge from any 110-, 220- or 240-volt electric outlet. A total range of
up to 300 miles is estimated in Sport Mode, which utilizes the efficient Ecotec® gasoline engine to turn a generator
that powers two electric motors on the rear differential.
THE STYLE AND LUXURY
Karma’s exterior design features the continual flow of sculpture and dramatic proportion that is signature Fisker style.
A low, wide stance and raised front fenders offer the driver a unique view of the car’s design.
Modest changes from the original Karma prototype include an enhanced upper grill and an enlarged lower intake for improved airflow. A new aerodynamic diffuser under the rear bumper helps cool the electric drivetrain. Instantly recognizable,
the Karma also benefits from having the world’s largest continuously formed glass solar panel roof on a car – an industry first and a standard feature on all Karma sedans.
A desirable car of any kind requires an inviting cockpit. Fisker’s interior design team focused on sustainable design held accountable to the environment. Inspiration from nature’s timeless beauty and the quality of classic design composition provided immense inspiration.
Karma’s Sustainable and Accountable Design is reflected in the use of reusable materials enhanced with modern technology.
The Karma’s instrumentation and controls focus on ease of use. Embedded in the layered EcoGlass center console is a 10.2-inch touch sensitive screen controlling HVAC, audio and other vehicle systems. LCD gauges behind the steerint wheel provide display critical information like battery charge and vehicle speed.