Californian EV manufacturer Karma Automotive recently launched its new 2020 Revero GTS, a performance version of the company’s Revero GT plug-in hybrid. Karma Automotive also showcased its fully-electric concept car SC2.
The two electric vehicle models were presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and production for the Revero GTS is planned to launch in the first quarter of 2020. The plug-in hybrid Revero GTS is based on the Revero GT PHEV and features acceleration from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Featuring a 28 kWh NMC lithium-ion battery coupled with dual electric motors combined with a three-cylinder in-line engine the vehicle features an 80 km fully electric driving range and three driving modes, ranging from fully electric to maximising performance by combining the power from the battery pack and range-extending generator. A middle mode uses the generator to “preserve the battery pack’s power for use when the driver chooses,” informs the company.
Karma was also proud to add that the technology for the GTS was mainly developed in-house, as Karma VP of Engineering, Todd George stated: “We’ve developed a number of in-house technologies, including our own inverters to maximize and maintain full software control for fast over-the-air updates, and our own proprietary 7.1-channel 570-watt Soloscape audio system.”
While Karma Automotive is gearing up for serial production with their new hybrid, the battery-electric concept SC2 is intended as a “demonstration of Karma’s emergence as a high-tech mobility incubator”. The front and rear-mounted twin electric motors deliver 800 kW peak power with 10,500 lb.-ft (14,000 Nm) wheel torque. The SC2 provides 350 miles of fully electric range and accelerates from 0 to 60mph in under 1.9 seconds. The previous concept incarnation, the SC1, was only presented in April this year.
Most of the technology for the concept was also designed in-house, as Karma VP for Design and Architecture Andreas Thurner adds: “We challenged ourselves to design a street-ready hypercar concept, using Karma’s in-house IP and components.” While Karma is proud of its concept, there are no plans to produce the “street-ready hypercar”, the company intends to use the technology in “a variety of future vehicles.”
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