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Fisker Karma hybrid electric car coming in March

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The plug-in electric Fisker Karma luxury sports car will now ship in early 2011, according to a new report.

The plug-in hybrid electric Fisker Karma luxury sports car will now ship in the spring of 2011, according to a new report.

Production for the $100,000 car was originally scheduled for 2009, but has been delayed several times.

Brad Berman at PluginCars reports that regular production for the vehicle will begin in March, estimating that Fiskers won't be seen on American roads until at least April and likely May.

The company aims to sell 15,000 Karmas in 2011.

The 260-horsepower vehicle will have a range of 300 miles, average more than 100 miles per gallon, and charge in six hours.

While most folks won't ever see one of these things, much less own one, the Karma is one of several poster children for the EV movement. Despite its premium price tag, its success is, in many ways, tied to the success of electric vehicles in general.

(After all, if everything goes electric, so must our supercars, too.)

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