Karma Automotive has announced its first fully electric production model. The Karma Revero GTE will be available in the USA from spring 2021 and in China and Europe from autumn 2021. Prices for the electric luxury sedan are not yet available.
The Karma Revero GTE will initially be offered with two battery options with 75 and 100 kWh capacity, providing a range of 200 and 300 miles – the equivalent of 321 and 482 kilometers respectively. A further variant with a range of 400 miles (644 kilometers) is to follow later in 2021. This model is called the ‘hyper-range version’.
The AC charging power of the Revero GTE is 11 kW, and up to 150 kW should be possible on a corresponding DC column. Karma Automotive promises an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and an electronic torque vectoring function for the battery-electric vehicle. Karma did not provide any further technical details, nor is there any information about the price of the Revero GTE. “In the coming months”, he said, advance sales should begin
The Revero GTE will be manufactured “mostly by hand” and assembled at the Karma Innovation and Customization Center (KICC), the company’s production facility in Moreno Valley, California. However, this manufacture-like production does not exactly speak for high quantities and low prices. The company sees itself as a “creator of luxury electric vehicles” and “high-tech incubator”.
Karma Automotive emerged from Fisker Automotive, a company founded by Henrik Fisker, and has been part of the Chinese automotive supplier Wanxiang since 2015 – Henrik Fisker himself is now active with his new company Fisker Inc. and wants to launch a new electric SUV, the Ocean. The Revero is basically still based on the layout of the Fisker Karma as an electric car with range extender. The Revero GT, for example, uses a 28 kWh battery, which should provide a range of around 100 kilometers. With the Range Extender (a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine from BMW) a further 450 kilometres should be possible. There is also a slightly more powerful GTS version – and now the GTE as a BEV without range extender.
“Our Revero GTE reflects Karma’s internal technical and technological capabilities,” says Carlos Gonzalez, Manager for Vehicle Platforms at Karma Automotive. The Revero GTE, like its PHEV sister models, is based on Karma Automotive’s so-called E-Flex platform. In total, this platform will allow 22 engine and battery configurations and will be suitable for “various vehicle types”. A few weeks ago, Karma Automotive announced that it will also offer the E-Flex platform to third parties for their e-models. However, a first-time customer is not yet known.
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