Our auto team at All Around Auto Care in Westminster is always interested in new cars, the new innovations they bring, as well as the opportunity to help owners of these new cars keep them in great shape. A new plug-in hybrid car called the Revero recently debuted in California. But the $130,000 plug-in hybrid isn’t new at all.
According to Road and Track, The Revero is a plug-in hybrid with a high-efficiency drivetrain and sleek design. It’s the first offering of Karma Automotive, an upstart car company that was created by China’s Wanxiang Group after it bought Fisker in a 2014 bankruptcy auction.
Unlike the company, this $130,000 plug-in hybrid isn’t new at all. The Revero is just the new version of the Fisker Karma that first went to market in 2011. One key difference, which could be good for the American economy, is that while the original Fisker was built in Finland, the Revero will be built in a new factory in Southern California.
Karma recently hired Kip Ewing, formerly a member of the engineering team of the new Ford GT, to take on the role of chief engineer. Ewing confirmed the “new” Revero wasn’t expected to be that different from the original Fisker, but have improvements in quality and reliability.
Digging a little deeper, we found a Popular Mechanics article with some interesting specs for the Revero. According to the website, its 21.4 kWh battery-mounted, low in the floor pan is bolstered by a 235-horsepower, four-cylinder gasoline engine that serves as a power generator. It also has two electric motors delivering 403 horsepower and up to 981 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels. It’s good for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds in its sport mode. Stealth mode offers 6.9-second 0-60 sprints on battery power. Sustain mode, which runs the gasoline motor to keep the battery at a constant charge, offers 7.2-second 0-60s. Revero’s top speed is 125 mph.
More interesting snippets from Popular Mechanics…
Karma announced the Revero was the first model sold in the U.S. with a solar roof that will power the vehicle. The Revero’s built-in solar panel in the roof slowly charges the car. However, the vehicle can’t drive on free solar energy just yet.
Revero’s all-electric cruising range is up to 50 miles, increasing to 300 miles when the gasoline engine kicks in. The Revero will get 20 MPG on gasoline and 54 MPGe using its full hybrid capabilities.
Karma Automotive recently released the first official video and pictures of the Revero on its website. But the only noticeable mechanical updates Karma highlighted are a new infotainment system, an improved solar roof, and hand-painted badges.
Like many other auto enthusiasts, our auto team at All Around Auto Care in Westminster always keeps an eye out for the latest car news. We know interest is high for new cars and while the $130,000 plug-in hybrid isn’t new at all, we’re excited to see how it performs in the market and on the road. And if you happen to have the money to invest in one, be sure to bring it by the shop for help keeping it in tip top condition.