For those ethical consumers with refined taste, Fisker Karma might be the ideal car. This vehicle is the first in its kind offering the drivers a luxurious environmentally conscious transportation with extended range and the freedom to switch between the all-electric Stealth Mode and fuel assisted Sport Mode.
Its dual electric engine can drive 50 miles solely on electric mode emission free, reducing its carbon footprint to 4-5 times lower than other similar luxury cars in Europe. The gasoline engine, on the other hand, is not connected to the wheels. It is there to extend the range for another 250 miles by turning the generator to create electricity. What is more, it displays the largest solar panelled roof which is responsible for providing energy to drive an additional 200 miles annually. With 403 horsepower, it can go from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 125 miles an hour. It uses regenerative breaking system and is painted with diamond dust which does not release any volatile organic compounds into the environment. As an entirely eco-friendly product, it even offers an animal free interior and uses reclaimed wood. Its elegant exterior design resembles the dynamic of a running cheetah and sand dunes.
This plug-in hybrid luxury sports car, as according to Fisker Automotive official website, was designed to be a masterpiece in both design and engineering. As such it is priced between 102,000 and 116,000 US dollars. But is it really a masterpiece and worth the money?
Okay, it is indeed a unique proposition given it’s an electric car with an extended driving mileage unlike other green cars. It offers high performance and speed too. But on the other hand, it will end up emitting CO2 into the atmosphere anyway, once reverted to the fuel assisted Sport Mode. This in the case of those supercar enthusiasts, will happen rather often. Then what’s the point? Does an electric supercar make any sense at all? Or is this sedan simply trying to cash in on so called responsible celebrities? If so, its positive impact on the environment will be negligible. Besides, what about the batteries which will have to be disposed off at the end of their lifecycle? After all, this car’s technology doesn’t quite seem to be congruent with its self-proclaimed philosophy as yet. With a comparable price, one could purchase a luxurious vehicle with better specs, instead, without indulging in self-deception. Or alternatively, buy a much cheaper truly green…bicycle!