Ferrari and Lamborghini, take note.
While mainstream supercar companies do build hybrids, such as the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, it's only a matter of time before all-electric supercars become the norm. But it won't only be the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini competing in this space. California-based and Chinese-owned Karma Automotive, which purchased the assets of Fisker Automotive back in 2014, has just revealed its new Karma E-Flex Platform, which could serve as the basis for a number of different types of vehicles, ranging from autonomous delivery vans to supercars.
The first vehicle to make use of this new platform is the 2020 Karma Revero GT extended range vehicle but more so-called "proof of concept" vehicles are expected to debut very soon.
Along with these vehicles, this new state-of-the-art platform serves as a showcase for the company's advancements in autonomy, software, hardware, and AI.
"We created a physical product that can be formatted into five different products, what others have called a one-dimensional skateboard, but what we call our E-Flex Platform, a multi-use solution," said Karma Automotive COO, Kevin Pavlov. "There are up to 22 different possible configurations available, covering various battery-packaging variants and different drive motor drive systems. We can deliver a wide range of configurations dependent on the builder's priority."
This means Karma wants to offer its platform to other automakers and start-ups for their own desired uses. You see, developing such a skateboard EV platform from scratch is anything but cheap. In most cases, costs could easily soar upwards of $1 billion. Therefore, buying a platform outright could provide the cheapest and fastest solution for smaller brands.
What are the chances of Ferrari knocking on Karma's door? Practically zero. Wealthy companies such as Lamborghini, which is part of the VW Group, will handle all development in-house. But many others aren't in that position. Karma appears to be offering a solution here.