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Cars, Planes & Yachts February, 28th 2011 by Nick

Fisker Karma - Hybrid Luxury

Do you remember Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth“? This movie resulted in Hummers getting scratched, a sales record for the Toyota Prius and more eco-taxes for you. With the turmoil in the Middle-East driving up gas-prices to record heights, driving a hybrid will soon be the only economically sensible thing to do. Thank god the Prius isn’t your only option anymore. If you are rich and succesful, and you want to drive a fast and beautiful car that competes with the likes of the Porsche Panamera and the Maserati Quattroporte while making the world a better place at the same time, look no further: Here’s your answer: The Fisker Karma, the first true full hybrid luxury car for only $100.000.

The Karma uses plug-in hybrid electric technology, a unique system comprised of 2 electric motors, 1 Lithium-ion battery, and 1 internal combustion engine. Lithium-ion battery charge capacity permits up to 50 miles of electric driving. After 50 miles, the regular engine engages to support the electric motors for a range of 250 miles. (note: the plug-in hybrid is never run by the engine. The engine provides the energy to run the electric motors.)

In the all-electric stealth mode the Karma is exclusively powered by a Lithium-ion battery. In this eco-friendly mode the car reaches a top speed of 95 mph, with a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds. For real men there’s a sports mode that combines the power of the Lithium-ion battery and the internal combustion engine. With non-treehug-mode on, the car reaches a top speed of 125 mph while reaching the 60 MPH mark a full 2 seconds faster than before, at 5.9 seconds.

The interior of the car looks stunning. The Fisker is packed with features such as the intuitive touch-screen interface control for the Karma’s audio, phone, climate, navigation, infotainment, and additional systems to ensure you won’t ever get bored with in a traffic-jam. Even with all the eco-friendliness the car exhumes, the lavish interior will likely have cost the lives of a lot of cows… not to mention a few trees for the wooden accents.

Even though burning through fossile fuels is very much one of my favorite things to do, I have to admit I wouldn’t mind having this green car on my driveway.. what about you?

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