Electric and plug-in hybrid sports car maker, Fisker, has announced it has commenced production of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports sedan in Finland. Dealer deliveries in the US and Europe are set to take place some time next month.

The Fisker Karma is being built under contract through Valmet Automotive at a production plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Valmet also builds versions of the Porsche Cayman and Boxster at the plant for Porsche, and has now begun building the Karma in accordance with a contract deal that was finalised in November 2008. Fisker spokesman, Roger Ormisher, said in a recent report,

"We're going to be ramping up very slowly, very carefully to ensure quality. This year we want to get over 7,000 deliveries."

The Fisker Karma is a a plug-in hybrid that is capable of running on electric power for up to 80km until a petrol motor kicks in. Using a 2.0-litre Ecotec turbocharged petrol motor, the Fisker Karma boasts an overall fuel consumption rating of just 2.4L/100km and offers a total range of around 480km.

It is designed as a sports car though so it's also able to achieve 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds and go onto a top speed of 201km/h. This is thanks to a combination of two electric motors which output 150kW each and also develop an Earth-moving 1300Nm of torque.

The Fisker Karma will go on sale in the US for around AU$87,000.