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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 DetroitNews.com. "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 DetroitNews.com 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.

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