Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

ZERO EMISSIONS, ZERO COMPROMISE  

The Fisker Karma is the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and the embodiment of Fisker Automotive’s commitment to creating environmentally conscious vehicles with passion, style and performance.

Designed and engineered in California, the four-door, four-passenger Karma is a series plug-in hybrid that combines the zero-emission benefits of an all-electric car with the full driving range of a conventional car.  It will offer a responsible alternative to those in the market for traditional full size, fully equipped luxury cars.

Advanced Technology Power 
The Karma’s proprietary Q-Drive® powertrain satisfies the demands of today’s more conscientious, but no less passionate drivers.

With Q-Drive®, the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid has a total range of 300 miles (483km), a 0-60mph (100km/h) time of 5.9 seconds, a top speed of 125mph (201km/h), can achieve an annual average of more than 100mpg (2.4L/100km) and has lower emissions -- 83g CO2/km based on SAE formulae – than today’s cleanest cars.

Fully charged in as little as six hours from any 110-, 220- or 240-volt outlet the Fisker Karma has an all-electric range of 50 miles (80km), which is more than most people drive each day.  Recharged each night the Karma may never use gas.  Beyond 50 miles an efficient gasoline engine eliminates Range Anxiety by automatically turning an on-board generator for an additional 250 miles (403km) before refueling and/or recharging.

Q-Drive® consists of a 20 kW/h lithium ion battery with Nanophosphate™  technology; an efficient 260hp Ecotec 2.0 Liter turbocharged Direct Injection gasoline engine turning a 175kW generator; electronic power management systems; and two electric traction motors mounted to a differential between the rear wheels that deliver a combined 403 hp (300kW) and a peak torque rating of 981 lb-ft (1330Nm) at zero rpm.

The battery, developed by A123 Systems of Watertown, Massachusetts, leverages state-of-the-art nanotechnology to maximize energy, power, reliability and safety.

Expected to have a 10-12 year lifespan it can deliver 180 kW (peak) of electric power throughout the charge-depleting range of operation.

The battery’s safe location along the vehicle’s longitudinal centerline keeps it clear of mpact areas and lowers the Karma’s center of gravity for improved handling.  Sealed construction protects it from the elements.

The Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid also offers drivers the new and unique option of driving in zero-emission, all-electric Stealth Mode or full-power Sport Mode for maximum flexibility.

Defaulting to Stealth Mode on start-up for maximum efficiency, the Karma has a top speed of 95mph (153 km/h) and a 0-60mph (100km/h) time of 7.9 seconds. No gasoline is burned and tailpipe emissions are non-existent.

Sport Mode can be selected on demand via a steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifter that engages the gasoline engine-driven generator for peak power and torque. Top speed increases to 125mph (200km/h) and 0-60mph time quickens to 5.9 seconds.  

By engaging Sport Mode, drivers can not only get maximum performance but also conserve full battery power until it is required.  This is especially useful when destined for low-emission zones which are growing in number in cities around the world.

SPECIFICATIONS

Configuration/Construction
  • Premium four-door, four-passenger sedan
  • Advanced aluminum space frame
  • Aluminum and composite body panels
Powertrain
  • Series Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
  • Q-Drive®: twin rear electric motors, rear wheel drive with mid-mounted battery pack and front/mid-mounted range-extending engine/generator set
  • Battery: 20 kW/h, 180 kW lithium ion w/Nanophosphate™ technology
  • Electric Drive Motors: 2 x 150 kW (403 hp total – 981 lb/ft torque @ 0rpm)
  • Gasoline Engine: Low emission four-cylinder Ecotec 2.0 Liter turbo DI (260hp)
  • Generator: 175 kW
  • Transmission: Not required – single ratio differential only
Performance
  • Stealth Mode (Electric only)
    • 0-60 mph (100km/h) 7.9 seconds
    • Top speed 95 mph (153 km/h)
    • Range 50 miles (80km)
  • Sport Mode (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
    • 0-60 mph (100km/h) 5.9 seconds
    • Top speed (continuous) 125 mph(200 km/h)
    • Range 300 miles (483km)
Suspension:
  • Four-wheel independent Short-Long Arm (SLA) architecture
  • Load-leveling rear shock absorbers
Lighting:
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps
  • Low-energy LED tail lamps and turn signals
Safety:
  • Eight airbags (2 front, 2 front side, 2 front knee, 2 full-length head curtain)
  • Antilock Brakes (ABS)
  • Traction Control (TCS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Meets or exceeds global crash protection standards
Brakes:
  • Four-wheel disc w/electro-hydraulic assist
  • Driver selectable, three stage, fully regenerative braking system Electrically-actuated parking brake
Steering:
  • Electrically driven power-assisted rack and pinion
  • 14:1 Ratio; 2.7 turns lock-to-lock
Wheels and Tires:
  • Front:
    • 22 x 8.5 in. five-spoke aluminum alloy wheel
    • P255/35R22 tires
  • Rear:
    • 22 x 9.5 in. five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
    • P285/35R22 tires
Exterior Dimensions:   In.    mm
  • Overall Length   196.7   4996
  • Overall Width      78.1   1984
  • Overall Height      52.5   1334
  • Front Overhang    36.5    926
  • Rear Overhang     36.6    930
  • Wheelbase         124.4   3160
Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
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