The Fisker Karma is the world’s first premium luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Designed and engineered in California, the four-door, four-passenger Karma is a plug-in hybrid that combines the zero-emission benefits of an all-electric car with the full driving range of a conventional gasoline car.
The Karma’s Q-Drive powertrain hybrid has a total range of 300 miles, a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds, and a top speed of 125 mph.
Fully charged in as little as 6 hours from any 110-, 220- or 240-volt outlet the Fisker Karma has an all-electric range of 50 miles, which is more than most people drive each day. Recharged each night the Karma may never use gas.
Beyond 50 miles an efficient gasoline engine eliminates “Range Anxiety” by automatically turning an on-board generator for an additional 250 miles before refueling and/or recharging.
Q-Drive consists of a 20 kW/h lithium ion battery and an efficient 260-hp Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged Direct Injection gasoline engine turning a 175 kW generator; electronic power management systems; and two electric traction motors mounted to a differential between the rear wheels that deliver a combined 403 horsepower and a peak torque rating of 981 lb.-ft. at zero rpm.
The Karma’s unique exterior design incorporates a sedan with coupe-like appearance, its athletic presence is highlighted by a long hood and short deck, a low roofline, wide stance, pronounced fenders and standard 22-inch recyclable aluminum wheels. Karma buyers will be able to choose between well-equipped trim levels including EcoSport and EcoChic.
Base model estimated mpg: TBD
Estimated starting price: $87,000
Compiled by Motor Matters

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