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Next Generation Fisker Hybrids to Have Lighter Engines

by , 03/28/11

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Fisker‘s next generation of hot hybrid cars are likely to have lighter, dedicated three- or four-cylinder engines, according to Autoblog. The company is seriously looking into the Lotus Engineering 1.2-liter three-cylinder range-extending engine for the purpose. A dedicated range-extending engine makes sense in the long run, because it significantly lowers the weight of the electric car, allowing it to add more range.

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The current 360 pound, 255-horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged GM Ecotec engine, will be replaced by three cylinder engine that weighs about 200 to 250 pounds. The cars will only be released after the current line of Karma variants and Project Nina models have all been launched.

Via Autoblog

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2 Comments

  1. lazyreader March 31, 2011 at 8:24 am

    The Karma, which it plans to sell for $88,000 a piece obviously isn’t a family sedan. Didn’t Fisker get millions of dollars of federal stimulus money? They received millions of dollars so they could set up a building a car in a factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Fisker Automotive got the money then pulled it’s facilities out of Michigan where the jobs may have been needed the most. Is there anyone other than me who thinks this is a stupid idea to give them our god damn money!!! And don’t ever forget that was our god damn money and what we’ve done is help to subsidize an expensive car that only the wealthy can buy. And they could easily afford it themselves.

  2. caeman March 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    There is a plethora of motorcycle engines they could look at in the 600cc to 750cc range that would work.

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