Henrik Fisker, CEO, at the 2010 LA auto show

Henrik Fisker, CEO, Fisker automotive was busy, but I got to talk to him the second day of the press show.

Fisker was busy showing off the first factory-built Fisker Karma, an electric vehicle with extended range, made it’s North American debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

The karma is what Fisker calls responsible luxury.  One of these unique technologies is a solar panel roof. The panels capture the power of the sun to help power the Karma.

The Karma gets 403 hp (300 kW) and 981 lb-ft (1,330 Nm) of torque at zero rpm, yet achieve better annual average fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions than nearly any other production car. All that and a total range of 300 miles. Fifty miles (80 km) are electric-only and tailpipe-emission free when powered only by it’s 20 kWh Lithium ion battery, which can be recharged in as little as six hours on standard 240-volt current.

Now it is up to the EPA to get the emissions standard and miles per gallon equivalents right.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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