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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Science: Annual Petrol Fill-up?

Fisker Karma

Yes? Sweet?

Sweeeet! And it's a sports car, too.

The Times (UK) is telling us that you can fill this baby's tank once a year and drive it for the rest of the year with no problems. Is this car available in the U.S.? Because, with the price of gas making Chimpy McStupie's buddies spooge with delight, nobody needs this fucking thing more than the beleagured American consumer.
The makers of the Fisker Karma say that unheard-of level of fuel efficiency is entirely possible if you only drive the car up to 50 miles a day, using just the battery, and remember to recharge it at night.

The car can go from 0-60mph in just six seconds and has a top speed of 125mph - although only in "sport" mode, when the juice kicks in to help power the engine.

The four-door plug-in hybrid, launched today at the Geneva Motor Show, features a small petrol engine and a lithium ion battery pack which work in harmony to power the car using technology developed for secret US military reconnaissance vehicles. It also has an optional solar panel roof that helps charge the car and provide cooling for the interior cabin.

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"It is a rear wheel drive, the car is always being pushed by the rear wheels and the electric motor so the gasoline engine never drives the car, which is the big difference to the normal hybrid of today.”
Even as recently as ten years ago &mdash well, if we hadn't had a bunch of greedy Republican obstructionists in Congress &mdash we would have been manufacturing this car and selling it to everyone else.

Now we'll have to pay for it in Euros. Hopefully, the dollar won't devalue to the point where we'll need a goddamn wheelbarrow full for the purchase price.

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