Pixar executive John Lasseter has been added to the list of those waiting for a Fisker Karma, the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. According to the carmaker, Lasseter, known for his role as director for films such as Toy Story and Cars, is among many Hollywood figures who have pre-ordered the car. Lasseter has not confirmed the claims.
Designed at Fisker Automotive’s world headquarters in southern California the 403hp, four-door Karma plug-in hybrid can go zero to 60mph in six seconds and has a top speed of 125mph. A 300-mile range can be expected with a full battery charge and a full tank of gas. Battery recharging takes less than six hours using the standard 220v current that powers many household appliances. The Karma can also be charged using 110v power from any electrical outlet.
“The Karma’s plug-in hybrid technology is nearly invisible to the driver in terms of drivability and range,” said Marti Eulberg, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Fisker Automotive. “It leverages our existing gas and electric infrastructure to deliver an exciting, eco-friendly vehicle you don’t have to think twice about using for short or long trips.”
The Fisker Karma starts at $87,900. Almost 1,600 Karmas have been pre-ordered and deliveries are expected to arrive later this year. Fisker Automotive hopes to manufacture up to 1,500 vehicles per month by early 2011.