American car maker Fisker has sold its first car in Britain. Fisker’s Karma is an electric, powerful 397bhp luxury saloon which has been sold to a footballer, although the identity of the footballer was not released.
Fisker’s Karma has a turbo charged inline four 2.0 litre engine as well as two electric motors. The engine acts as a generator thus charging the battery whenever needed. The Karma is unlike most electric cars however, because of its impressive performance. It does 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and has an astonishing torque figure of 959lbft. The top speed is only 125mph but that’s because it has been electronically limited – it will probably go faster. The mpg is an impressive 60 though and road tax will be cheap as CO2 emissions are a paltry 53g/km.
New to the UK
The California based company has no UK dealers but has got a service centre at least. This is crucial, according to Fisker’s co-founder and Europe CEO Barny Koehler, before opening any dealerships. Koehler says that “The cars are left-hand-drive only and in the short term we can handle sales from Europe, but we are talking to a number of parties in the UK who are interested in establishing dealerships.”
Spanner in the works
Fisker, established in 2007 has had significant problems this year, having had to cope with a battery recall as well as a fire caused by a faulty fan, as well as losing 300 vehicles to Hurricane Sandy (we hope this was covered by their motor insurance). None the less, Fisker is a new company so such obstacles will inevitably occur – Koehler notes that “These are things you have to deal with as a car company – we dealt with the battery issue in record time in the US, carrying out the work in just two weeks.”