2018 Fisker Karma. As the 2008 Karma Rivero is approaching its official launch later this year, its maker has released its first official image of luxury components in the hybrid sedan. Karma has been rebooted is a modified and updated version of the car that was previously sold in 2012 as Fisker Karma, before the maker closes down production and later announced bankruptcy.
Karma will now be built-in Southern California by Karma Motors, a company formed after the Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang bought the remains of Fisker cars. He also bought the remains of A123 Systems, a maker of lithium-ion cells that had supplied battery packs to Fisker Karma. But the new Karma company did not make any technical details for the 2018 version, so the battery specification is still unclear.
The company describes the new Rivero 2018 as a “long-awaited” car offering a “combination of advanced technology and gentle design”. “Each novel is truly unique,” said the press release, with details individually developed such as hand-painted decals on the front and rear of each car. “It also notes that Rivero will be sold with a” solar roof that will power the car. “
Just like the Fisker, the Rivero uses 260 horsepower, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine from GM. But on the electric side, things have gotten better. Ds fast charging at 40 kW is now available, the onboard charger has been upgraded from 3.3 kW to 6. 6 kW.
The battery is similar (it still uses A123 cells, which is not a surprise), but the capacity has increased from 20.4 kWh to 21.4 kWh, which will be good for 50 miles or range. The time 0-60 has been dropped by a second to 5.4 seconds in sport mode. Nothing has been finished yet, but Karma seems to expect EPA fuel efficiency figures to be almost identical to what they were before.
Rivero will be Apple CarPlay, and later robot cars. The car will have a dedicated 4G connection (Karma does not say which carrier it uses) and a navigation system that uses hybrid maps with on board capability and live traffic. Everything – information and entertainment as well as firmware – can be updated over-the-air as well.
“There is still important work to be done in the new system,” Jenkins said at the time, “Karma will use the same machines in California that Valmit is used to build Fisker Karma in Finland. ” The solar ceiling remains, and enough power can now be provided to move the car. According to press material, “The solar roof can generate up to 1.5 miles of electric range per day, depending on the weather conditions. “
Wanxiang, that is who. Based in China, Wanxiang bought rights to Fisker’s Assts again in February 2014 for $149. As we learned today in Huntington Beach, there were only 22 Fisker staff left at that time. A year later, in March 2015, Karma had new cars 203 employees. There were 697 in August 2017 and the plan calls for 967 by the end of 2017.
This is just one example of the deliberate and dramatic growth being done by Karma in bringing Revere to the market. Or return to the market. whatever. Fisker Karma started at $103,000, so the new $130,000 starting price for Rivero is a bit of a jump. Apart from colors, wheels, calipers, there will be many choices, both.
Of course, there is so much new and different about the car, this costs money, but if you can afford the Fisker, do not bother shopping for Revere. If all this sounds good, then contact one of the few karma dealers in North America and conclude a deal. Orders will begin online at the end of September.