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2012 Fisker Karma
The Fisker Karma's design is inspired by the elegant lines of windswept sand dunes and the muscular beauty of a tiger. Understanding the principles of order and the harmony of opposing surfaces, textures and elements led the Fisker design team to create the Fisker Karma.
Fisker designers created a simple, elegant and intuitive touch screen interface that controls the premium audio, navigation, iPod, Bluetooth and the climate control. The design of the Command Center reflects Fisker's signature design detail; a chrome bezel surrounds the flat screen glass surface, echoing the jewel-like quality of the instrument gauge cluster.
The Karma's elegant interior wood trim is unique and 100% sustainable, sourced from Fallen, Sunken and Rescued Wood. No live growth is ever used. Fallen Wood is 100% sourced from naturally fallen trees in the western United States. Sunken Wood has a white oak with a beautiful patina created naturally from having rested at the bottom of Lake Michigan for over 300 years. Rescued Wood is sourced from rescued, non-damaged trees from wildfires in California.
The components that form the Karma's interior are as unique as they are essential to continuing Fisker's sustainable and accountable design philosophy. Every Karma reflects Fisker's dedication to the use of reclaimed, recycled and reusable materials. Wood trim is sourced from reclaimed lumber. All seating foam is fashioned from soy-based bio fiber and recycled post-consumer materials create the carpet backing. The Karma EcoStandard features an animal free interior environment designed to emulate a pure leather grain and is tinted a rich shade of black (Black Onyx Monotone). The Karma EcoSport features leather produced in the world's first closed-loop leather manufacturing plant. These hides are sourced from farms that abide by the five freedoms of human animal treatment. In addition, Fisker uses about 85% of the hides, more than double the amount used by traditional automakers. Karma EcoChic, the most advanced sustainable trim package available, features 100% post-industry virgin textile Premium EcoSuede materials, surrounding driver and passengers in a lush and sustainable driving environment.
Karma drivers reap the benefits of technology; from the patented EVer powertrain, state-of-the-art regenerative braking system, and intuitive touch-screen command center to the world's largest ever solar roof in a production automobile.
EVer - Electric Vehicle Extended Range
Extended Range. Refueling optional. EVer technology uses an electric generator and battery pack to power dual electric motors to drive the wheels. The gasoline engine is only used as a backup range extender. The patented Fisker EVer technology permits up to 50 miles of electric driving. After 50 miles, the internal combustion 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.)
- Karma includes a standard 110V convenience charger. The optional 220/240v high-voltage charging station can easily be installed in homes with standard electrical service and will significantly reduce Karma charging time.
- Varies with battery's remaining charge capacity and whether 110v, 220v or 240v current is used. Between 6 hours and 14 hours.
- The Karma uses a state-of-the-art Nanophosphate Lithium-ion Battery pack for an added degree of safety, performance and environmental care when compared to other metal oxide battery designs. This advanced technology enables an ultra-wide State of Charge (SoC) operating window and provides a lifecycle of 10 years or 100,000 miles (160,000km) under normal use.
Fisker designers chose to simplify the car's dashboard controls by providing a single place to control multiple features. The Karma's dashboard contains just four buttons: EVer Power (start/stop), central locking, hazard lights and electric glove box release and a 10.2" touch screen Command Center that reflects Fiskers' attention to detail and application of technology in a seamless experience.
Task specific icons within the Command Center control the climate systems, audio, iPod controls, Bluetooth phone compatibility and navigation without the complex toggles and switches found in other premium luxury vehicles. Additionally, the screen functions as a rear view camera display and provides information regarding solar roof energy information.
Diamond Dust Paint
Diamond Dust paint is the first water-based paint featuring a recycled glass flake mixture utilizing 35-55% recycled glass, and an invisible reflective infrared layer that assists in keeping the interior cooler in hot weather. Because Diamond Dust paint is water-based, it releases no volatile organic compounds into the environment.
The Karma's regenerative braking system is engaged by using the right-hand steering wheel paddle (Hill Mode) in varying amounts. This captures kinetic energy during deceleration, feeding it back into the battery allowing the driver more control in their Karma's driving experience and range.
Harness The Sun For Extended Range. The largest solar glass roof ever designed for a production vehicle can extend driving range an additional 200 miles/322 km annually. The custom design is a wonder of art and engineering and visually conveys the Karma's advanced technology and environmental purpose.
Taking center stage at Fisker Automotive's Frankfurt Show stand is a stunning new version of the Fisker Karma—the Fisker Surf—a new model that delivers on Fisker's promise of Pure Driving Passion and Uncompromised Responsible Luxury. But that's not the only news from the environmentally responsible American Car Company:
The new Fisker Surf is the world's first electric luxury/sports automobile for an active and eco-friendly lifestyle. The Fisker Surf builds on the success of the ground-breaking Karma Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer) by adding additional, flexible load-carrying capability, along with a spirited new attitude all its own. Fisker Surf combines performance, luxury, style, utility, and economy with an enduring concern for the sustainable use of resources and respect for our natural environment. As a global company Fisker Automotive will offer the Surf in all its markets around the world for the 2013 model year. The Surf is Fisker's vision of a crossover between a sport car and a station wagon and shows how Fisker is expanding its Karma platform rapidly with additional models that again create a new market niche.
“The Surf is a first-of-its-kind eco-friendly lifestyle vehicle that offers space, performance and luxury design for people who live an active, environmentally conscious lifestyle and like to drive beautiful cars,” Henrik Fisker, CEO/Executive Design Director, Fisker Automotive.
Fisker Automotive recently announced the signing of an agreement with BMW that will cover the supply of engines and other components for future Fisker models. BMW will supply a four-cylinder turbocharged engine for the next generation of Fisker cars, code-named ‘Project Nina', which are scheduled to go into production in the re-commissioned former GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware at the end of 2012 and be on sale globally in 2013. The first ‘Project Nina' derivative will be a mid-size premium sedan utilizing Fisker's EVer technology to deliver on Fisker's corporate vision of Uncompromised Responsible Luxury.
Henrik Fisker, comments; “The BMW engine was an obvious choice for us, as BMW is known for producing the best and most fuel efficient gasoline engines in the world. We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with BMW."
Fisker Automotive is proud to announce its RESERVE customizable options program. This exclusive Fisker authorized accessory program will be available through Fisker retailers. The first display car from the program, created in collaboration with Claus Ettensberger Corporation (CEC), offers a variety of aerodynamic components and two wheel options (forged and monoblock) for the Karma with many new exciting products in development.
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