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by Brett Davis

Fisker’s range-extended plug-in hybrid sports car, the Fisker Karma, has just reached 3000 orders. The first deliveries of the all-new car will be sent to high-profile figures and celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Gore, later this month.

Fisker previously announced it could produce just five cars per week at the company’s Valmet production facility in Finland. The company hopes to ramp capacity up to 300 units per week by November this year to fulfil the orders, but under current constraints, it means the elegant new model is currently sold out until early next year. Company CEO and former Aston Martin designer, Henrik Fisker, said in a recent report,

“Our sales are split 50:50 between early-adopting car enthusiasts and total non-car enthusiasts who just like that we are bringing something totally new to market. They recognise the infrastructure isn’t there for electric cars, and see we offer a stylish, stress-free alternative with no range compromises.”

The Fisker Karma features a very attractive four-door coupe layout, rivalling the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Audi A7 Sportback. Powering the envro-friendly Karma are two electric motors which transfer power from a mid-mounted battery pack to the rear wheels, while a 194kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder range-extending combustion engine generates electrical charge.

The Fisker Karma retails for approximately $US100,000 and comes with plenty of luxury kit. It is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in around 5.9 seconds and offers an electric-only range of 80km, or a combined range of around 480km.




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