When designer Henrik Fisker launched Fisker Automotive and penned the Karma luxury electric car, he surely hoped for his creation to enjoy a long life. The financial failure of Fisker Automotive might have been the end for the company, but the Karma sedan lives on in the form of the new Karma Revero.
Karma is a new company owned by the Chinese auto parts supplier Wanxiang Group, which now holds the rights and production tooling for the Karma. However, Fisker himself is also involved with VLF Automotive, a venture with auto industry titan Bob Lutz to produce a car called the Destino using modified Karma bodies and General Motors small block V8 drivetrains.
Karma, now headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., inked a deal with BMW to use the German company's electric drive technology for the Revero. The company's website shows a dozen shops where customers can go for Revero sales and service, and promises to provide detailed information on the new car this summer.
Karma's chief marketing officer told The Wall Street Journal's Mike Ramsey that while the Revero retains the Karma's basic electric motors and GM gas engine for on-board backup power, that the new BMW electronics will be a significant upgrade to the original systems.
“There are huge, serious, major upgrades throughout the electronics systems, wiring, charging, battery,” he said. “It just won’t be visible to the naked eye.”
Stay tuned for the company's planned summer announcement if you're looking for a stylish alternative to your neighbor's Tesla Model S.