The World’s First Production Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle is…

The Chevrolet Volt…no. The Toyota Prius PHEV…no. The Honda Civic…no. The Ford Escape…no. According to Fisker Automotive, a green American premium sports car company, they will be the first to have a production PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) – the Karma.

Fisker Karma
Fisker Karma

Here are some specifications:

* Plug-in hybrid technology Q DRIVE
* 0-60 in less than 6 seconds (0-100 km/h 6 seconds)
* Top speed 125 mph (200 km/h)
* Two Driving Modes: The driver will be able to select between two modes of driving. The first mode is Stealth Drive, which is the quiet economy mode for optimal relaxed and efficient driving. By flipping the second paddle behind the steering wheel, the car will switch to Sport Drive, which will access the full power of the vehicle.
* Regenerative brakes featured to recapture braking energy
* Low center of gravity provides optimal sport vehicle driving dynamics

According to Fisker, fueling the Karma could cost just $0.03 per mile. They concede that a real-world annual average would be closer to $0.07 per mile based on a mix of Sport (gasoline) and Stealth mode use…still pretty good. One downfall, the price – $87,900.

To learn more about the Karma, go to

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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