Karma Automotive debuts supercar-capable architecture on E-Flex platform

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 23 Apr 2020

American technology and supercar maker, Karma Automotive has completed the initial development-stage of its Karma High-Performance E-Flex Platform, the third in a series of demonstration efforts showcasing its in-house technology capabilities and E-Flex Platform initiative, a program offering mobility solutions through versatile EREV (extended range electric vehicle) and BEV (battery electric vehicle) modular platforms.

The company’s newest E-Flex Platform is designed for high-performance applications and is powered by front and rear-mounted dual electric motors, delivering 1,100 HP at peak power, with 10,500 lb.-ft (14,000 Nm) wheel torque. The platform is targeted to achieve an impressive 0 to 60mph acceleration in less than 1.9 seconds. Together with Karma’s new Silicon Carbide (SiC) high-density inverter, the platform features a flat-floor battery for optimal weight distribution that could provide up to 400 miles of pure-electric range.

Kevin Zhang, CTO, Karma Automotive said: “Our latest E-Flex platform is well-suited for supercar configurations and is designed to be outfitted to high-performance vehicles such as Karma’s SC2 concept car. The goal of all of Karma’s E-Flex platforms is to offer our partners a multitude of electric mobility solutions with different drive motor systems and battery pack variants; our high-performance E-Flex platform is among the most premium of these configurations, offering unprecedented performance results.”

Karma’s E-Flex Platform leverages the company’s emerging technology, manufacturing and design services to offer partners innovative electric mobility solutions. Using the Karma E-Flex Platform, the company says OEMs can optimise development costs to engineer, test, certify and build an EREV or BEV platform, allowing electrification of their products with greater speed and efficiency.

Among the other Karma E-Flex platforms recently announced include the company’s signature EREV platform and a BEV van equipped with SAE Level 4 autonomous technology, with applications ranging from high performance supercars to everyday economic vehicles for passengers and cargo.

The OEM says additional demonstration platforms will be revealed in coming weeks, with over 22 different configurations and a multitude of additional components available including Karma’s new SiC inverters. Karma also announced plans to build its future Revero GTE; a full-BEV version of its award-winning Revero GT, on a dual-motor Karma E-Flex Platform.