The roll-out of Fisker’s new Karma plug-in hybrid luxury saloon is going smoothly, with the company announcing that they have already signed up 32 dealers in the U.S. and should have a total of 40 onboard by the end of June. There are already 1,300 pre-orders for the car, which starts at a list price of $87,900 and will be delivered to the first customers this November.

Vic Doolan, a Fisker board member, said of the new dealerships announced today, "Our retail partners are our most important assets. To our customers, they are the face of the company. For that reason, we've chosen those who will give Fisker owners the comfort and confidence to drive the future." Fisker is already building an image around its car and its sales experience - focusing on luxury, but at the same time making it about the car's green credentials. "They will be Eco-facilities, not Ego-facilities," said Doolan.

The $87,900 price includes integrated roof-top solar panels that help recharge the car’s lithium-ion batteries. Other standard features include 22in alloy wheels and a sports suspension system.

Drive comes from two electric motors with a combined output of 408hp (300kW) and a monstrous 959ft-lb (1,300Nm) of torque, which is enough to send the vehicle to a top speed of 125mph and push it from 0-60mph in just 5.8 seconds. Those are impressive figures considering the 4,560lb (2,070kg) curb weight of the car.

At this year's Detroit Auto Show, Fisker revealed details about its next model which is to be a new convertible version of the Karma. Featuring only two-doors but a four-seat layout, the convertible will be called the Karma S and will include a folding hard-top roof. The Karma S is expected to be on sale in 2011.