Fisker Karma News

  • 2009 Fisker Karma

    Despite remaining all but invisible to the automotive press, startup carmaker Fisker Automotive is moving steadily toward a late-fall launch for its 2011 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan. The latest news item is that chief marketing officer Marti Eulberg has hired advertising agency Lambesis, of Carlsbad, California, to create global ads for the launch of the Karma. Its first project will be to relaunch the company's website this fall. Last month, we caught up with Fisker's Russell Datz at the Detroit Auto Show. We asked why the company was keeping the car so hidden, with only...

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    Plug-In Hybrid Battle Brewing: Chevy Volt vs. BMW vs. Jaguar vs. Fisker

    The Chevy Volt may soon have some competition. This week, both BMW and Jaguar have announced intentions to produce and sell plug-in hybrid models. Each of these models will be based on an extended-range platform, as the Volt is. So, how will they compare? First, in terms of all electric range, the...

  • Quantum Signs LOI With Fisker Automotive as Exclusive Supplier of Q-Drive Technology

    Per the press release linked below, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a letter of intent with Fisker Automotive that outlines the terms of a production and licensing agreement for the Fisker Karma Program. Under the supply arrangement...

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    Fisker Gets $115 Million, New Battery Supplier, Stays on Schedule

    Last Friday, startup plug-in hybrid maker Fisker Automotive announced it had raised another $115 million in funds from private backers, including lithium-ion cell supplier A123 Systems and legendary venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Buried in the press release was a...

  • Fisker Automotive Secures $115.3 million Funding for Plug-in Hybrids

    New American carmaker Fisker Automotive has secured access to an additional $115.3 million in private equity funding to develop plug-in hybrid cars.  This funding is necessary for Fisker Automotive to access a $528.7 million U.S. Department of Energy conditional loan that will, in part, help speed...

  • Quantum's All-Wheel-Drive Diesel Hybrid Military Vehicle at NAIAS

    Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., (Nasdaq: QTWW) today announced that its Clandestine Electric Reconnaissance Vehicle (CERV) all-wheel-drive diesel hybrid electric vehicle is proudly displayed by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) at...

  • Denmark Crown Prince Frederik and Fisker Karma

    Not surprisingly, automotive journalists compete to be the first to drive the latest new cars. Some crave Chevies, others follow Ferrari. Here at GreenCarReports.com, we want to be among the first to drive electric cars and other plug-ins, new hybrids, clean diesels, and so forth. We've driven a lot of them, but one we haven't is the Fisker Karma extended-range electric sports sedan. But we don't feel singled out. No one outside the Fisker development team has ever driven one. Not a single person. Until now. So who gets the first drive? Noted auto afficionado Jay Leno, perhaps? Vice President...

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    Fisker Sets New Date For Release of Karma, Targets September 2010

    The CEO of Fisker, Mr. Henrik Fisker himself, announced that production of the companies plug-in EREV Karma will be delayed slightly.  Though the delay does not comes as a surprise, its certainly a disappointment for some interested buyers. The company had previously stated that the Karma would...

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    Will Electric Cars Destroy Your Neighborhood Power Grid? No, But...

    Over the next 12 months, carmakers will introduce several new plug-in electric vehicles. One question that's frequently asked of GreenCarReports: Does recharging electric cars pose a threat to the electricity grid? The 2010 Fisker Karma and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids, among other...

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    Tesla Joins Tax-Incentive Trail for Not-Yet-Sited Model S Factory

    It's starting to seem like tit-for-tat around here, as startup electric automakers Tesla and Fisker vie for--and get--federal- and state-funded loans and tax concessions to build future electric cars. The latest salvo, mere days after Fisker announced its purchase of a former GM plant in Delaware...

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    Biden Blurts Out Fisker Nina Plug-In Hybrid Line: Sedan, Coupe, Crossover

    There's nothing like a little old-fashioned reporter shoe leather, especially when few other automotive media outlets bother to make the trip. Our colleague Gary Gastelu of Fox News traveled down to Delaware yesterday, to cover the official announcement of Fisker Automotive's $18 million purchase...

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    Fisker Buying Delaware Plant To Build Midsize 2012 Plug-In Hybrid

    At 10 am tomorrow morning, Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce that Fisker Automotive will buy the closed General Motors factory in Wilmington, Delaware, his home state. According to reports, company founder Henrik Fisker will join Delaware Governor Jack Markell and other dignitaries...

  • Fox News

    While discussing two upstart electric car companies, contributors to the self proclaimed "fair and balanced" Fox News Channel (FNC) have proven that they are not smarter than a fifth grader. Jeff Foxworthy didn't even have to ask a single question. In reports criticizing recent Department of Energy (DOE) loans offered to Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors, FNC managed to murder the truth so brutally that hosts, Martha MacCallum and Neil Cavuto should appear on an episode of Cops. To their credit, Fox correctly reported that the DOE has committed $529 million to Fisker. Beyond that, accuracy...

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    MPG Follies, Or, Why Electric Cars Can't Get 367 MPG. Sheesh.

    One of our most popular posts in August was a piece that broke down how General Motors projected a fuel efficiency of 230 miles per gallon in the city for its 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car. Soon after GM's elaborate press event, Nissan announced with a straight face that their...

  • Fisker Joins Tesla In Getting Government Cash For Hybrid Luxury Sedan

    The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday approved a $529 million low-interest loan to Fisker Automotive, which will start building its 2010 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan later this year. Customer deliveries will start next May. In June, Tesla Motors received a $465 million loan for...

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    Fisker Karma Plug-In Preview, German Debut At Frankfurt Motor Show

    According to Fisker, the Karma plug-in, scheduled to make its German debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, will be one of the cleanest, most fuel efficient cars in the world.The Karma will emit just 83 g CO2 per km and using the SAE method for calculating efficiency, will use only 3.5 liter...

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    2010 Fisker Karma: 67 MPG AND 0-to-62-mph In Under 6 Seconds

    The 2010 Fisker Karma will be the world's first production series hybrid, or extended-range electric vehicle, when it comes off the line late this year. Customer deliveries will start next May. Just prior to the Karma's German debut at next week's Frankfurt Auto Show, the company released emissions...

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    Let the Range Extender Wars Begin: Lotus Unveils Tiny Engine

    We've written before about upcoming tiny, powerful engines that perform like much bigger versions but get far better gas mileage. Now, British sports-car maker Lotus has used those lessons in an engine designed just for the extended-range electric vehicles of the future. At next week's Frankfurt...

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    We've always had a soft spot for Think, the Norwegian electric-car company. From its start in 1991, it set out to build not just battery-powered vehicles, but electric cars that could be used on highways and pass all safety tests in any country. That sets it apart from the scores of EV companies building low-speed "neighborhood electric vehicles," many of them little more than golf carts with doors, lights, and wipers. But Think has been through more twists and turns than many companies twice its age. And now, like GM and Chrysler, it has emerged from bankruptcy with new funding (from private...

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    Demand for Fisker Karma on the Rise

    The Fisker Karma extended range electric vehicle is nearing production with a scheduled introduction next year, but the orders are already adding up. According to the company, they have received 1,400 orders for this unique, sporty, plug-in.  The first orders should go out either in May or June of...

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    Fisker Karma To Take Laps At Monterey Historic Automobile Races

    It's one thing to put a car on display. Fisker has been there and done that. Now, they'll put their prototype to the test on the racetrack. As part of the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, the Fisker Karma will complete two laps around the 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Karma will...

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    Fisker Stays On Schedule; Plug-In Hybrid Deliveries Start Next May

    When you think of startup companies planning to build luxury sedans with advanced electric powertrains, one name springs instantly to mind: Tesla Motors. Among the executive battles, government loans, and launch hoopla around the electric 2012 Tesla Model S sports sedan, the company gets rafts of...

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    Fisker Dealership Coming to South Florida

    If you live in South Florida, your Fisker dealership is on its way. Car selling veteran, Warren Henry Zinn, plans to open a Fisker Chic showroom in North Dade County by the fourth quarter of 2009. The new facility will showcase Fisker's $87,900 plug-in hybrid Karma sports sedan. Zinn's current...

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    High Volume Fisker for 2011?

    Fisker Automotive is making some audacious claims about their future vehicle lineup. They've already committed to producing the Fisker Karma sedan for 2010, and the Karma Convertible for 2011. Now they're planning a third Karma-based vehicle and a high volume entry level model. CEO, Henrik Fisker...

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