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FISKER TO PRODUCE 70-100 KARMA SEDANS IN 2010

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FISKER TO PRODUCE 70-100 KARMA SEDANS IN 2010

By Mark Kleis

Fisker Automotive is still in the absolute infancy of its life cycle as an electric carmaker, but it plans to produce as many as 100 examples of its first planned model – the Karma sedan – in order to carry out various forms of testing, according to Reuters.

During an interview with Reuters, Ray Lane, one of the investors in Fisker Automotive, gave clarification about the 70-100 vehicles and said, “These will be tested internally, crash tested and used for other testing purposes. Some of them will be given to customers for testing purposes as well, out in the real road.”

Lane explained that Fisker has contracted Valmet Automotive, in Finland, to build the vehicles destined for testing since the electric carmaker has not yet completed its own production facilities. “They will start testing this year and will go into mass production in February,” Lane said.

Fisker has suggested that they will produce roughly 15,000 examples of its first model in 2011, which are anticipated to sticker with a base price of $87,900. For just shy of $90,000, the Fisker Karma sedan will maintain a similar technological approach as the Chevrolet Volt, with a 50 mile range on electricity alone, and a total range of 300 miles thanks to its gas-powered, 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoTec four-cylinder, GM-sourced range extender – part of its system known as Q DRIVE.

Unlike the Volt, however, the Fisker Karma is intended to look, feel and drive like a luxury sports sedan. The Karma sedan will sprint from zero-to-60 in under six seconds, tops out at 125 mph – and although the automaker has not officially given power numbers, some have suggested it will have 403 horsepower, and as much as nearly 1,000 lb-ft of torque, thanks to its twin electric motors.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/fisker-to-produce-70-100-karma-sedans-in-2010.html

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