The production of the electric car has been somewhat like a lunchtime recess grudge match for third graders. First on the block in the 90's were the big boys, and GM was the biggest kid in class with the launch of the EV-1
. But GM Jimmy decided that it couldn't viably be done, so he took all of this toys and went home. The other big boys in his clique played along. The electric car seemed to be dead.
Not so fast, said the president of the chess club. Tesla motors
was born, and Detroit saw that brains were willing to take on brawn.
Now the brainiacs seem to have some competition in Fisker Automotive. Fisker has announced the production contract for the Karma
plug-in hybrid sportscar. It has the look of an Aston Martin, race car performance, and a sticker price almost $30,000 less than the Tesla Roadster.
The production contract brings instant credibility, with Valmet Automotive to build the car on the same premises that they use to build the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Fisker expects delivery of the Karma in late 2009 with annual production capacity to reach 15,000 vehicles.
Source: Fisker Automotive