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Posted on Jan 14th, 2009 by Vlad Balan

3 Comments Category: Electric Vehicles, Green, Other Carmakers

One of the coolest debuts from this year’s Detroit Motor Show was the Fisker Karma S Concept, a plug-in hybrid hardtop convertible which tries to proove that a car can be both environmental friendly and exciting. Based on the same aluminum spaceframe architecture and powered by the same Q-DRIVE powertrain (403 hp from two electric motors) as the Fisker Karma sedan, the car can go up to 50 miles on a single battery charge.

“Our objective is to create a singular design language and heritage around our state-of-the-art Q-DRIVE® powertrain,” said Fisker Automotive, Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker. “The Karma S is an extension of the Fisker Automotive product range of eco-conscious automobiles and sets the tone for our future.” It’s good to see that things are finally getting started with the Karma project, after a lot of talking, Fisker Automotive finally presenting a production ready version of the Sedan in Detroit and now this beauty.

Check out a full photo gallery after the jump. Read More: “Convertible Fisker Karma S Concept makes its debut in Detroit”

Posted on Sep 10th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Electric Vehicles, Green, News

Fisker has announced that they’ve managed to complete a $65 million financing round. Beside the existing investors, Palo Alto Investors and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who also contributed, a new investor showed up, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). The money will be used to complete the development of the Karma four-door plug-in hybrid and Fisker hopes to get the car marketed starting with the 4th quarter of 2009. If everything works out like Fisker wants to, they estimated an annual production of 15,000 units.

“We are extremely pleased to have closed our C financing round at this time, particularly in light of the current market conditions,” said Henrik Fisker, CEO, Fisker Automotive, Inc. “This shows once again that Fisker Automotive has a solid business plan and a globally experienced automotive team with very strong investors behind the company.”

Read More: “$65 million financing round for Fisker”

Posted on May 12th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Hybrid, News

Though Fisker has some legal problems, the Fisker Karma is one of the most promising cars out there. Still, after it made its world debut at the Detorit Motor Show, back in January, there haven’t been any updates lately. So Fisker released these first photos of the production version being tested.

We don’t have any full info about the technology that will power the plug-in hybrid, except that Fisker, in partnership with Quantum Technologies, are working on a drivetrain that will use an electric motor to drive the wheels and an internal combustion engine to charge the lithium-ion batteries. In reply to the rumors that the engine could be a 1.4 liter Volkswagen engine, Henrik Fisker told Wired that “the car MAY have a German engine that turns the generator.”

Another thing we notice is that the car will resemble the concept a lot, which is very good news, because we’ve seen the concept live at Geneva and it looks awesome. The Fisker Karma is scheduled to hit showrooms late next year, hoping to launch the car before Tesla’s sedan the WhiteStar. We’re also expecting the outcome of Tesla’s lawsuit against Henrik Fisker.

More photos after the jump.

Read More: “The first photos of the production Fisker Karma”

Posted on Apr 15th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

2 Comments Category: Green, News, Tesla

Yesterday, at the San Mateo Superior Court in California, Tesla Motors filed suit against Fisker Automotive. Henrik Fisker, the creator of the Fisker Karma, was hired last year by Tesla to design its upcoming electric sedan, called WhiteStar. According to Tesla, the reason Fisker accepted this job was “to gain access to confidential design information and trade secrets, then announced a competing vehicle”.

After the Tesla Roadster was successfully launched, the company announced that next year or in 2010 they’ll also introduce an all-electric passenger sedan, priced somewhere between $50,000 and $70,000. Apparently, after Tesla found out that Fisker is about to create a competitor for the WhiteStar, they’ve fired him, decided to dump his original design and started working on another one.

So far, no official reaction from Fisker, but stay tuned because we’ll keep you informed in this interesting case.

Read More: “Tesla Motors to sue Fisker”

Posted on Oct 31st, 2007 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: Concepts, Hybrid

Scheduled to debut at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, in January, the Fisker Sports Sedan (not the final name) is developed with Quantum Technologies, a Californian company specialized in clean propulsion technologies. The plug-in hybrid 4-doors sports sedan will probably go on sale towards the end of 2008 – early 2009 and, priced under $100,000 (about €70,000), could be a serious competition to the upcoming Porsche Panamera or the Maserati Quattroporte.

Full press release after the jump.
Read More: “2009 Fisker plug-in hybrid 4-doors sports sedan”