Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma
It may be the last week of the month but Fisker has come true on its promise of delivering the first of its new 2012 Fisker Karma range-extended electric cars by the end of July.
The very first car went to Silicon Valley-based investor Ray Lane, who just so happens to be Fisker’s Chairman of the Board.
His particular Karma is a ‘Silver Mirage’ example of the new eco-friendly luxury sedan and it also happens to be one of the first in the country. This is because the cars are being produced by independent vehicle manufacturer Valmet in Finland and then shipped over.
Upon delivery of the car this week, Lane said: "This is so much more than just another car. The Fisker Karma represents a new era for the automotive industry and I am proud to be driving the dream of all those who have worked so hard to bring this uniquely green and elegant vehicle to market."
In case you’re not up to date, the Fisker Karma is a range-extended electric car similar to the Chevrolet Volt. However, its internal combustion engine, a GM Ecotec 2.0-liter unit, is used solely to charge the batteries. This is in contrast to the Volt’s engine, which on certain circumstances helps drive the wheels.
Drive comes from two electric motors rated at a combined 408 horsepower and a 959 pound-feet of torque. They’re powerful enough to rocket the four-seat luxury sedan from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and see it reach a top speed of 125 mph.
Fisker claims that its Karma is good for 100 mpg in fuel economy but we’ll have to wait until our own tests to determine if this claim is accurate. For full details on the 2012 Fisker Karma, click here for our previous story.