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Karma says its latest platform will support an electric or hybrid pick-up

But whether the California-based company will build one itself remains to be seen

Published: 15 May 2020

Recently, Karma has been filling our timelines with news of a whole host of different platforms that it hopes to sell to companies looking for the cheat codes to build an electric or hybrid vehicle.

Most of them have been designed for vans and other delivery vehicles, although one was a pretty mega supercar platform with all-wheel drive and four electric motors producing 1,100bhp and 10,500lb ft of torque. Nice. Apparently, it could even be used for the SC2 concept we first saw in November last year.

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What you see above, though, is the fifth and final platform in the ‘E-Flex’ series. Karma says this one could be used to build an electric SUV (boo) or work-horse pick-up truck (woo).

In its pure EV form, the platform features a twin-motor all-wheel drive setup and an 80kWh battery that can provide 240 miles of range, but Karma also says that this can be combined with a range-extending engine for a total range of 495 miles. Impressive.

There are no power figures just yet, but most of the components and tech has come from the company’s Revero GT (previously known as the Fisker Karma) and as such has undergone over a million miles of testing.

So, what do you think, Internet? Which carmakers should have a think about building a hybrid pick-up?

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