Fisker Karma Coming to Tampa

Fisker Karma, the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, will be in Tampa for the first time when Elder Automotive Group welcomes guests to an invitation-only reception at 320 East Fletcher Ave. on May 13 from 12:30 to 9:30 PM.

The event is part of a 43-city tour celebrating California-based Fisker Automotive’s new North American retail network. The Fisker Karma is the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). It combines world-class luxury and sports car-like performance with industry-leading economy and zero tailpipe emissions.

With 403 hp it can reach 60 mph in six seconds and a top speed of 125 mph, yet it can achieve more than 100mpg on an annual basis. The Karma has a total range of 300 miles, 50 of which are electric-only and powered by a Lithium-ion battery from A123 Systems that can be fully recharged in as little as eight hours.

The four-seat sedan was designed by Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker, who also designed the Aston Martin DB9 and BMW Z8, both of which were featured in James Bond movies.

“In building our U.S. network we selected retailers with a successful track record handling established premium brands and delivering a premium customer experience,” said Mr. Fisker.

Distinctive, stylish and green, the Karma is priced competitively within its segment and appeals to eco-friendly customers who don’t want to compromise their passion for driving.

Fisker Automotive created the premium plug-in hybrid segment when it introduced the Karma at the 2008 North American International Auto Show as a concept. Initial customer deliveries are expected to begin first quarter 2011. The Fisker Karma order bank already exceeds 1,600 electric vehicles.

In September 2009 Fisker Automotive was approved for a conditional Department of Energy loan of $528.7 million, which will go toward the development of a line of lower-priced plug-in hybrids as well as the purchase of a former GM assembly plant in Wilmington, Delaware. The company expects to create up to 5,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs in the coming years.