More and more vehicle manufacturers, especially smaller ones, are focusing on offering their vehicles via preorders. This is a risky proposition for the customer because, as we saw with Tesla’s Model 3 reservations, you can be stuck that you ultimately know very little about.
The latest carmaker to give preorders a whirl is Karma Automotive, makers of the Revero, which used to be the Fisker Karma (but now, and it’s all very confusing). Here’s the thing, though: Karma is going a step further and offering preorders on an $80,000 car that it isn’t even showing whole pictures of. That takes chutzpah, friends.
The Karma GSe6 is being marketed as the brand’s first fully battery-electric vehicle. Details are suspiciously thin on the ground here, beyond the fact that it will have an aluminum body based mainly on the Revero GT, be capable of one-pedal driving, have adaptive headlights, feature a steering wheel with haptic feedback, offer Level 2 autonomy (nothing to brag about in 2020, btw) and be assembled in California.
We know nothing about the GSe6’s powertrain, and that’s worrying when it’s coming from a company best known for making a car for years with minimal changes that they bought off hasn’t always been in the best financial shape, and it’s all kind of worrying.with . Add in that the company
Now, way back in April, Karma talked about bringing an electric version ofcalled , but even then, the potential specs being bandied about were a little dubious — namely, the 400-mile range number.
Karma representatives confirmed that the GSe6 is basically the evolved and iterated-upon current version of what was the GTE. It also confirmed that the reason there aren’t any specs is that the charging speeds, range, battery management system and capacities, as well as the inverters and minor design elements, aren’t “100% baked.”
With its $79,900 asking price, Karma seems to be targeting both the Tesla Model S and the Lucid Air, though it manages to come in slightly above both of those vehicles’ current price points, and even then, a prospective buyer would likely have to be pretty bored with current offerings to make that leap.