Skip to Content

First Plug-In Hybrid for U.S. Sale

While many automakers are developing plug-in hybrids, the first model sold in the United States is likely to be the Karma, made by the startup Fisker of Irvine, CA, and scheduled for its first sales in the summer of 2010. (Toyota says it will lease 500 plug-in Prius models worldwide for testing this year, including 150 in the United States, and GM says its Chevy Volt will go on sale in November 2010.) Once the Karma has been plugged in to charge, the luxury four-passenger sedan can run on batteries alone for 50 miles. After that, an onboard gasoline generator kicks in to recharge the battery, extending the range by 250 miles. Two 150-kilowatt electric motors together deliver 403 horsepower–enough for the car to reach 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds in “sport” mode, which uses power from both the battery pack and the gas-powered generator. “Stealth” mode relies exclusively on electricity.

Courtesy of Fisker Automotive

Product: Karma

Cost: $87,900

Source: karma.fiskerautomotive.com

Company: Fisker Automotive

Other products in this section:

Butane Charger

Power Booster

Quantum-Dot Lighting

Keep Reading

Most Popular

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2024

Every year, we look for promising technologies poised to have a real impact on the world. Here are the advances that we think matter most right now.

AI for everything: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2024

Generative AI tools like ChatGPT reached mass adoption in record time, and reset the course of an entire industry.

Scientists are finding signals of long covid in blood. They could lead to new treatments.

Faults in a certain part of the immune system might be at the root of some long covid cases, new research suggests.

What’s next for AI in 2024

Our writers look at the four hot trends to watch out for this year

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.