Karma Revero

The Karma Revero solar panels generate power for climate and entertainment, saving battery power for driving performance, including range.

Some very expensive Electric Vehicle supercars are arriving soon. Also called hypercars, these upcoming EVs have at least 800 horsepower, and pricetags of $125,000 to $2 million, They are all zero emission, eco-friendly, all-electric plug-ins. Also, of course, they are all head-turners.

The first EV from Automobili Pininfarina is called the Battista. Only 150 of these super-lux vroomers will be produced — 50 each for North America, Europe, and Middle East/Asia markets.

The company describes the Battista as a “ground-breaking hypercar offering unrivaled performance combined with ultra-luxury.” It also just happens to be the most powerful Italian sportscar ever built — gasoline or electric — even though company headquarters are in Germany.

Thanks to its carbon-fiber construction and electric motors, there’s a combined output of 1,900 horsepower and 2,300 Nm of torque. That’s enough to launch from 0-to-60 mph in less than 2 seconds and on to 250 mph in less than 12 seconds, all with a potential range of more than 350 miles.

Automobili Pininfarina was formed by Mahindra, the massive, global, India-based conglomerate that makes vehicles, trucks, and farm tractors. Mahindra has been a major presence — and winner — in the Formula E all-electric racing program, and is adapting what it’s learned on the track about battery storage and power into the new Battista.

The EV powertrain and lithium battery technology is from Rimac, which also supplies batteries and other high-tech products to luxury brands including Jaguar/Land Rover and Koenigsegg.

Last year, the Croatian-based company announced plans to produce its own EV roadster, with nearly 1,200 horsepower, a 230-mph top speed, and able to rocket from 0-to-60 mph in a track-worthy 1.85 seconds. Plus, it can go 400 miles between charges, and has a motor on each wheel for AWD grip. Both the Battista and the Rimac C-Two will cost between $2 million and $2.5 million.

Automobili Pininfarina also has partnered with Karma Automotive, which is building its own EV supercar, the Revero. Plans are to share technology related to performance and artificial technology, and perhaps some design cues, and each will help the other market its vehicles in the other’s home regions.

Karma was formed in 2014 from the wreckage of Fisker Automotive, which included the ouster of its founder, legendary designer Henrik Fisker. Both Fisker’s original PHEV roadster, named the Karma, and Karma’s roadster, named the Revero, are strikingly similar, and also similar to what Fisker used to design for Aston Martin before launching its own car company. But I digress.

One of my favorite features of the original Fisker Karma, which was wisely kept by the Karma Revero designers and engineers, is its full solar roof. The solar panels generate power for what I call creature features, including climate and entertainment, saving battery power for driving performance, including range.

Like Karma, Mullen Technologies is based in Southern California. Mullen’s supercar is named the Qiantu K50, and the company intends to build just 1,000 vehicles, starting late this year.

Plans are to offer two K50 versions, a premium model and a sport-plus edition. Both will have a 100-kwh battery capacity and 800 Nm torque, which Mullen claims to give the K50 the longest range in its category of more than 300 miles as well as the fastest acceleration of 0-to-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.

Both the Revero and the K50 will cost $125,000 (more or less), which means you could buy a half-dozen for the price of the Battista or the C-Two. Or more than a dozen Nissan Leaf EVs or Hyundai Kona EVs.

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