Its Karma didn't exactly set the world on fire — in fact, some of its batteries kept the car from even moving — but that hasn't stopped Fisker from carrying on. The Fisker Atlantic ($TBA) is a new, sporty four-door plug-in hybrid that packs both a host of lithium-ion batteries to drive either the rear or all four wheels and a four-cylinder gas engine that acts like a generator to recharge the cells when you're driving long distance. Few specifics are known beyond its drivetrain, glass roof, LED tail lamps, and hyper-aggressive looks, but you can rest assured that it won't be cheap.
The electric-powered revolution continues with the Fisker Surf ($TBA). The crossover cousin of the gorgeous Karma, the Surf is a five-door affair, offering plenty of room for passengers and luggage on the inside, a range of 50 miles operating solely on the 175kW generator and 300 when using both it and the 260 hp turbocharged gas engine, a 0-60 mph time of just just 5.9 seconds (7.9 in electric-only mode), a top speed of 125 mph, 22 inch Circuit Blade wheels, bright orange Brembo brakes, an LED brake light, an incorporated roof spoiler, and an optional roof-mounted solar panel that also functions as a sunroof thanks to its dark-tinted translucence. Just think of it as a Chevy Volt with an added dose of class.
The trend towards retro car designs continues with the Imperia GP (€80,000; roughly $110,000). Resurrecting a brand name that's been dead for over half a century, the GP is a plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder combustion engine and a perky electric engine for a range of around 44 miles on battery power alone, a 0 to 100 km/h time of six seconds in electric mode — and only four seconds when in hybrid mode — and exterior styling that recalls the company's past glories, while bringing the design language into the 21st century.