Electric Cars – Fisker Karma Or Tesla Volt?
Few years ago we pictured electric cars as feeble one seater experimental devises with bicycle wheels and a top speed of maybe 10 mph.
Not anymore, technology has gone far, really far! You do not believe me? Have a look at the car above.
The blue car is the Fisker Karma which is the world’s first sports luxury hybrid. It is the brain child of Henrik Fisker, the former Design Director for Aston Martin. This hybrid has a four-cylinder petrol engine in combination with lithium-ion batteries that drive an electric motor. Karma can do 60mph in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 125mph. It also comes with a solar panel on its roof to charge up the batteries. This car will come out of production a the end of 2009 and will have a price tag of $80,000.
Now if you are going for a fully electric vehicle the Tesla Volt (shown in Red) is just the car for you. This 100% electric car can do 0 to 60mph in under 4 seconds and it can reach 125mph. Its batteries can be charged within 3.5 hours and will give you a range of 220 miles. To charge is all you have to do is go home and plug it in next to your cell phone! The battery-powered Tesla is based on a modified Lotus Elise chassis and its price tag is equivalent of a supercar, base price $100,000.
Have a look and tell us which you like more and why. I personally would go (if I could afford it) for the Tesla, simply because its all electric. I have to admit though that the Karma does look better!