The 2012 Fisker Karma is a bundle of contradictions: a stunningly sexy sport sedan with a green powertrain, a large luxury car with the interior space of a subcompact, and a range-extended electric car that gets worse gas-mileage ratings when running on gasoline than some of its conventional competitors. The first Fiskers arrived at the company's several dozen dealers in December 2011, though the company won't say how many have been sold since then.
The car is clearly a traffic stopper. The low, sleek four-door sedan rides on enormous 22-inch wheels and tires, with the fenders drawn up and over the wheels and the cabin slung between. And the entire surface of the roof is covered in photovoltaic solar cells, easily visible because it sits so low. The Fisker Karma looks like little else on the road, and drivers quickly become used to jaws dropping, heads turning, and other drivers questioning them at stoplights.
The heart of the 2012 Karma is its 20-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery...
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