After failing to sell his gas-guzzling BMW and Mercedes-based "coach building" shtick, former Aston designer Henry Fisker wants good Karma. So he's doing his bit by introducing a hybrid that will keep the cosmos and ecosystem in balance. His Karma "Q-Drive" plug-in hybrid will operate as a gas-electric hybrid ("Sport Drive") or travel 50 miles on lithium-ion batteries ("Stealth Drive"). According to Fisker MD Alan Niedzwiecki, the LiIon battery pack ain't no vaporware. He claims it's been tested for two years on a bench and one year in a car. And Fisker's Q-Drive hybrid system has been tested for four years. (Not surprisingly, Niedzwieck says the Fisker Karma doesn't shares any engineering with the Tesla Roadster.) Fisker plans to sell the Karma (somehow that doesn't sound right) for around $80K come 2009. Whether or not the new car fulfills all the promises, if this beast was any sexier they'd have to call it the Karma Sutra.
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