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Karma Revero 2018: From Fisker Karma to Karma Automotive

“An old car but it feels brend new”

History

It was launched in 2012 as the Fisker Karma, and about 2,000 were built before the Fisker Automotive, went bankrupt. Chinese auto-parts conglomerate Wanxiang purchased the remains of Fisker in 2014, reconstituted them into Karma Automotive, and put the former Fisker Karma back into production under the name Revero.

Revero as Tesla rival

This car was in many ways a rival to the Tesla Model S. Like the Model S, it was meant to make green technology exciting, and to serve as the springboard for future mass-market models. But Karma Automotive is taking things in a different direction. t views the Revero as a luxury car that just happens to be electric, and is aiming for low production volumes and a high level of exclusivity.

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Karma Revero/bloomberg

Karma Revero 2018

The 20.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack has about the same capacity as the Fisker-era pack, but it features new battery-cell chemistry. Karma also switched to a new computer control system. The Revero features DC fast-charging capability and a built-in 4G LTE connection that allows Tesla-like over-the-air software updates. Neither of those features were available before. arma introduced a new palette of exterior paint colors and interior trim options.

Revero

Revero

Driving performance

The Revero uses an extended-range electric powertrain, with two electric motors actually propelling the car and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine serving as a generator. The two motors send a combined 403 horsepower and 918 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels.

Features

Standard fetures include dual-zone automatic climate control, brakes from famed Italian firm Brembo, 240-volt Level 2 AC and CCS DC charging capability, a rear-view camera, front and rear park assist, and an infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen and navigation. The coolest feature, though, is probably the solar roof, which provides supplemental electrical power.

Revero interior/nobleman

The interior looks like it was designed for a science fiction movie. Instead of a conventional shifter, a series of buttons are clustered together in a diamond-shaped hump that rises from the center console, which also features an odd transparent box that could either be a piece of contemporary art, or part of a flux capacitor.

 

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