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Fisker Dealer: Karma Plug-In Sedan Deliveries Start March or April

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2011 Fisker Karma plug-in sports sedan at Fisker Santa Monica, July 2010, from WebRidesTV

2011 Fisker Karma plug-in sports sedan at Fisker Santa Monica, July 2010, from WebRidesTV

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We've written before about the schedule for the 2011 Fisker Karma, which (like many other electric cars) has slipped a bit since the car was first unveiled.

Now Fisker's newest dealer, located in none other than LA's epicenter of green consciousness--namely Santa Monica, California--says that the dealership will have cars available for deposit-holders to drive in late November, right after this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mike Sullivan of Fisker Santa Monica also says the company will start taking detailed orders at the show itself. Fisker will have full mockups of the final production interior, so buyers and shoppers can see exactly what they are ordering or considering.

Production, he says, will begin in the first quarter of 2011, with deliveries to paying customers starting in March or April.

The Fisker Karma concept was first shown at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. The striking shape has stayed pretty much the same while Fisker designed and engineered the mechanicals . A last-minute switch in cell suppliers for the lithium-ion battery pack didn't help the tight schedule.

The 2011 Karma sedan is claimed to travel 50 miles solely on electric power from a 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. After that, it will do a further 250 miles on electricity provided by a range-extending 2.0-liter GM Ecotec direct-injected four-cylinder engine.

Two 150-kilowatt electric motors drive the rear wheels of the plug-in luxury sports sedan. Fisker Automotive says the 0-to-62-mph time is roughly 6 seconds, and top speed will exceed 125 miles per hour.

Still, with production scheduled to begin in less than six months, no one outside the company has driven a Karma that we know of. No one except royalty, anyhow: His Royal Highness Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. got to drive a prototype last December.

Fisker assures us that journalists will get a chance behind the wheel before customers. So based on Sullivan's schedule, we'll be looking for our test drives in October. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight?

The short video below comes to us courtesy of WebRidesTV, which has produced hundreds of snappy little segments on various cars. Check it out, and then, tell us if you believe Sullivan.

Will first Karma deliveries actually start early next year as he says? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

[WebRidesTV]

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  1. I'm number 737 on Fisker's list and have watched the company miss dates for the past two years. Having said that, the car is spectacular (I recently got am up close look). Speaking as an engineer, it's specs are NOT too good to be true, so it appears that the company will be able to achieve them. It is troubling however, that Fisker is not ready to offer demo drives for the press. When will the car be delivered? Based on past experience, I'd guess late 2011.
     
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  2. I am # 217 on that same list and do expect Fisker to be able to deliver the first cars to customers in march 2011. They seem to have everything in place now and must also be very much aware of the fact that with any further delays the window of opportunity will close, as other (mainstream) companies move in. The time table, which hasn't changed for half a year now, now seems to be a realistic one. And I have to say that despite of the delays, it is amazing that such a small company was able to develop such a beautiful and revolutionary car in such a short period of time. The company was only founded mid-2007 and the car presented in january-2008 was only a mock-up. They have achieved a lot since then.
     
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  3. Start of regular production is scheduled for first quarter 2011. It is not uncommon in the auto industry for schedules to change. To put things into perspective, Fisker, an all-new company, will have an all-new car with all-new technology to market in a very short amount of time.
     
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  4. Whatever Fisker's advertising implies, I still believe that conspicuous spending is bad for your karma.
     
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  5. What! Neither of you can be number 217 nor 737. I am on that list in line for my Fiskers :(
     
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  6. i still think the grill looks like the joker in full grin
     
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