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Fisker Automotive Raising $200 Million At $2.2 Billion Valuation


Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma

Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma

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Electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive is in the process of raising a $200 million funding round that would value the company at $2.2 billion, according to a report by Fortune.

It would be the company's third funding round in six months. Fisker Automotive raised $190 million just five months ago to help fund the production of its electric cars. The company finished off a recent $100 million round in May, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

“If you look at what they are trying to achieve relative to Tesla in terms of producing 15,000 vehicles annually, then Fisker’s fundraising and targets should be considered reasonable,” Pike Research analyst John Gartner told VentureBeat. “Of course Tesla has a much longer history of selling vehicles, albeit in more limited quantities.”

Fisker Automotive was previously valued at around $1.5 billion when it raised a small extension to its last funding round in June, according to venture capital data provider VC Experts. The new valuation would put it on par with Tesla Motors, a plug-in battery-powered electric vehicle manufacturer that has a market cap of around $2.5 billion. But the two companies can’t necessarily be compared side-by-side because they employ two different kinds of electric-vehicle battery strategies.

“Fisker’s strategy appears to be outsourcing many of the key components, such as the motor, electric drive and battery pack, so the development cost and time should be less,” Gartner said.

Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma

Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma

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Tesla Motors’ cars employ a pure battery that powers the electric car that owners have to recharge when empty. Fisker Automotive uses an extended-range model, where when the battery runs out, the car uses gasoline to power a generator that sends power to the drive motors to extend the distance the car can drive. The owner can plug the car in at any time to recharge the battery and save gasoline. Tesla Motors also sells its powertrain technology to other car companies, like Toyota.

Fisker Automotive has produced 54 extended-range electric vehicles and is revving up its production of the high-end luxury electric car, the Fisker Karma. The company delivered its first Fisker Karma manufactured for consumers to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Ray Lane last month. That means the company might soon be another player in the electric car market alongside Nissan and Tesla Motors.

The company is also working on a cheaper electric car — a plug-in hybrid sedan called the Nina. That car should retail for somewhere between $35,000 and $50,000. The Karma has a manufacturer suggested retail price of around $96,000 for a basic model and $109,000 for the top-end model.

The company is backed by Kleiner Perkins, as well as New Enterprise Associates and A123 Systems Inc. VentureBeat has contacted Fisker Automotive for additional details.

This story, written by Matthew Lynley, was originally posted on VentureBeat's GreenBeat, an editorial partner of AllCarsElectric.

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  1. Wait, are you saying they have shipped 54 Karmas? That is more than I thought.
     
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  2. Actually it says they have "produced" 54 Karmas, which may be en route to dealers. So they may have been "shipped," though I doubt they've yet "sold" 54 of them. That help?
     
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  3. John,
    Yes that helps, a little. Fisker's public communications really could be better however.

    I want to know when Bo Bennett can get his Fisker Karma. Then maybe I can go for a ride (or dare I to dream, a drive?).
    Thanks
    John C. Briggs
     
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  4. I predict that Fisker will usurp the EREV market with a model cost-competitive with the Chevy Volt. Fisker can outstyle the Volt without breaking a sweat. And I believe that he will (somehow) manage to obtain labor costs "somewhat" less than the extortionary $68 per hour demanded by the UAW. And people wonder why the humble Volt costs so much?
     
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