PHOTO CAPTION: Fisker Karma S 'Sunset' drop-top convertible. Photo credit: EV

Karma S Sunset Rated Best Electric Car at 2009 NAIAS

Detroit News votes Fisker Karma S as 'Best Electric Car' at 2009 North American International Auto Show.

Published: 21-Jan-2009

IRVINE, Calif. -- Fisker Automotive, an affiliate of Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq: QTWW), unveiled the Fisker Karma S - powered by Quantum Technologies' Q-DRIVE(R) - at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and was rated "Best Electric Car" by "The Karma S blends luxury and performance -- and a drop top. Built on the same body as the Karma, the S shows a high mileage vehicle can perform and remain frugal on fuel," said Scott Burgess of who rated the Fisker Karma S as Best Electric Car at the Auto Show.

The open-air Fisker Karma S concept shares its aluminum spaceframe architecture and clean Q-DRIVE(R) powertrain with the Fisker Karma sedan. Designed and engineered by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive, Q-DRIVE(R) provides 50 emission-free miles on a single charge to its lithium-ion battery pack, and delivers the equivalent of 408 hp and a peak torque of 959 foot-pounds. The Q-DRIVE(R), which was originally developed by Quantum for Military applications, incorporates a number of innovations in energy storage, electric drive architecture and control strategies.

The power retractable hard top, a first for Fisker, glides neatly into the trunk and a unique design language sets the Karma S concept apart. The four-seat, plug-in hybrid hardtop convertible furthers the company's belief that driving style and performance need not be compromised for environmental friendliness.


The company is working with a number of vehicle manufacturers on the development of batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles and expects more announcements like this one to come.

With seating up of four people who use all the large muscle groups, the car can easily cruise at speeds of up to 20 mph.

ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.


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