Published on August 10th, 2020 |
by Zachary Shahan
August 10th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan
We have covered Karma Automotive since its birth in 2014, which followed the collapse of Fisker Automotive. Though, admittedly, I forgot it existed. With the dramatic rise of Tesla and EV sales globally, it’s not often that a small luxury automaker pops into the news and reminds us of its existence. Nonetheless, the Karma Revero is a truly beautiful vehicle, and it is yet another attractive option for those in the market for a luxury vehicle — especially if they want something not as common as a Tesla.
Also, unlike the EV concept cars of many EV startups, or even legacy OEMs, you can actually buy a Karma Revero. The news this week is that Karma has a new retail location in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, adding to the Houston location and others in the country. It added retail locations in Florida in June, and just announced plans a month ago to expand into Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Furthermore, Karma Automotive intends to reach 5 continents in 2020. That’s almost all of them.
You can now buy the 2020 Karma Revero GT and 2020 Karma Revero GT Sports in North America. It is handcrafted in Moreno Valley, California.
“The new Revero GT Sports further elevates performance levels by eclipsing 60mph in under 4 seconds and adds electronic torque vectoring for an even more exhilarating drive,” Karma writes.
The Karma Revero basically extended the life of the initial Fisker Karma with important improvements. It is not a fully electric vehicle, but rather an “extended-range electric vehicle.” It offers 80 miles of electric-only range, and then supplements that with a gas tank and gas engine (instead of a vast Supercharger network) in the case that 80 miles doesn’t cut it before recharging. That adds another 280 miles of range (on gasoline). Of course, the gas engine can also kick in if you accelerate very quickly — to attempt that super-low 0–60 mph time, for example. From my perspective driving several high-performance plug-in hybrid systems, the experience just doesn’t cut it compared to a pure electric car with the same acceleration, but some people actually prefer the staggered acceleration experience.
I drove a Fisker Karma once upon a time in Dubai thanks to a friendly owner and CleanTechnica reader (who used a Model X as his daily driver but had several other cool cars as well). It was a dramatically different experience than being in a Tesla. If you’re Karma-curious (and have enough money for a car in this class), I have to recommend exploring the updated Revero for yourself.
When it comes down to it, though, there’s one reason to buy a Karma Revero — it’s a stunning, beautiful car. Naturally, my wallet doesn’t justify a purchase for such a reason, and couldn’t close the deal anyway, but if I was in the billionaire class, I cannot deny that I’d buy one for my maid or butler and admire the view every day.
All images courtesy Karma Automotive
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