Last Updated Sep 8, 2009 6:35 PM EDT
The company also claims that the Karma produces just 83 grams of carbon dioxide (the principal global warming gas) per kilometer, "less than that of today's cleanest production cars and 75 percent less than that of competing vehicles." But what cars compete directly with the Fisker Karma?
If 15,000 Karmas were sold annually, which is certainly Fisker's intent, 248 million gallons of gas and 2.3 metric tons of CO2 would be saved through 2016, the company says. Running the car as a gas-electric hybrid will cost an average of seven cents a mile , using a methodology that probably does make sense.
But a lot of Fisker cruising will be all-electric. Karmas will have switchable "stealth" modes, meaning that the owner/operator can opt for battery power on demand. Fisker sees this as a boon for European buyers, who will be able to operate their cars freely in the traffic-restricted Low Emissions Zones (LEZ) in 70 cities in eight countries.