Three years after the Fisker Karma was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the first production models have started rolling off the assembly lines.

Three years after the Fisker Karma was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the first production models have started rolling off the assembly lines in Finland.

Speaking with Automotive News, Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher commented "We're going to be ramping up [production] very slowly, very carefully to ensure quality." He added, "This year we want to get over 7,000 deliveries."

As we have previously reported, the Karma is motivated by a 20kW lithium-ion battery which sends power to two electric motors that produce 300 kW (402 hp / 408 PS) and 1,300 Nm (959 lb/ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, hit a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph), and travel up to 80.5 km (50 miles) on electricity alone. When the battery is depleted, a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine acts as a generator to recharge it. Thanks to this setup, the car has an overall range of 483 km (300 miles), an average fuel consumption of 2.4 L/100km (98 mpg US), and CO2 emissions of 83 g/km.

In the United States, pricing starts at $95,900 but the Karma is eligible for a $7,500 tax credit which reduces the cost to $88,400.

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Fisker Karma goes into production - deliveries scheduled for next month