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Fisker Karma Selected as a Finalist for Green Car Journal's 2009 Green Car Vision Award

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc co-founded Fisker automotive and designed and engineered its proprietary Q-Drive. After capturing the spotlight and unprecedented media attention at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Fisker Karma sports sedan is now on its way to the nation's capital. The Washington D.C. Auto Show will be held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this February 4th-8th. Green Car Journal has selected the luxury plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma, incorporating Quantum's proprietary Q-Drive as a finalist for its renowned Green Car Vision Award, which celebrates most promising cars for the future.

"Vehicles offering dramatically improved environmental performance are crucial to helping us move beyond today's challenges of oil dependence and growing environmental impacts," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and editor of "While not yet widely available in new car showrooms, these vehicles each inspire in important ways with their advanced powertrains, use of cleaner or more sustainable fuels, vastly improved efficiencies, or a combination of these attributes. The five nominees for Green Car Journal's 2009 Green Car Vision Award are exceptional examples of innovation at work."

Quantum designed and engineered its proprietary Q-Drive high-performance plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) architecture exclusively for the Karma. The Q-Drive plug-in hybrid electric drive system is designed to achieve 50 miles of zero emission, battery-only range while providing combined gasoline-electric hybrid operation to enable uncompromised vehicle range and performance. With a balance of electric and gasoline range, Fisker Automotive estimates that most Karma drivers who charge the Karma overnight and commute less than 60 miles (96 km) per day will be able to achieve an average fuel economy of 120 mpg (1.97 L/100 km) or better.

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