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Fisker Karma Gets Lower EPA Rating

By John O'Dell October 19, 2011

Fisker Automotive got a lot of press over the last few years claiming that its exotic Fisker Karma range-extended plug-in hybrid would deliver 50 miles of all-electric range. Now the official EPA rating for the car is out and the number falls far below that claim. The official numbers the $96,000 Karma (above) will wear on its window sticker are 52 miles per gallon-equivalent (mpg-e) in combined city and highway driving. This includes 32 miles of all-electric range, and 20 mpg when its gasoline engine/generator kicks in to provide electricity once the car’s lithium-ion battery pack is drained. The Karma’s more

Fisker Adds $15M To War Chest

By AutoObserver Staff June 6, 2011

Fisker Automotive, builder of the oft-delayed Fisker Karma range-extended plug in hybrid, said it has raised an additional $15 million in private funding to add to a bank account that already has $250 million cash from previous private fundings. The money is in addition to Southern California-based Fisker’s ability to draw on a $537 million federal loan. Fisker, which recently acquired a shuttered Delaware assembly plant from General Motors Corp., is raising funds to help finance development of a more-affordable line of plug-in hybrids it calls its “Project Nina” cars. A company spokesman said that while Fisker is flush, more

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Fisker Scores Monaco Marketing Win

By John O'Dell May 31, 2011

The real winner at the Monaco Grand Prix this past weekend? Fledgling U.S. automaker Fisker Automotive and its new Karma, a $95,000 range-extended plug-in hybrid. After all, it's not every day you can get a real prince to show off your new car, nor is it common to get free television coverage all over the world. But that's what Fisker accomplished at Formula 1 racing's grandest event. Company co-founder and CEO Henrik Fisker (in the passenger seat) has always said that the desire of eco-minded Prince Albert II of Monaco (behind the wheel) for a fuel-efficient luxury car helped inspire him to develop more

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Fisker Sees Bright Future In Cars With Plugs

By John O'Dell May 18, 2011

A lot of critics say it can't last against the combined might of the world's established car companies, but nascent plug-in-hybrid builder Fisker Automotive intends not only to remain independent but to become a significant player in the global auto market, says co-founder and CEO Henrik Fisker. Underscoring its determination to stick around, Fisker Automotive has begun moving into a sprawling new 156,000-square-foot headquarters in Anaheim, Calif., which it has leased for 10 years. And it is on a hiring binge that has doubled its staff to about 500 in the past six months. Additions to personnel will accelerate more

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Coda, Fisker Race for Funds

By Danny King April 15, 2011

Southern California-based electric-drive vehicle startups appear to fall into two categories: the Haves and the Still Need Mores. Plug-in hybrid maker Fisker Automotive has raised almost $200 million in the past two months, including a recent $40 million stock sale that will further help the Irvine-based company develop its high-end Karma plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle. more

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Fisker Begins Karma Production

By Scott Doggett March 29, 2011

Fisker Automotive has started limited production of its Karma plug-in hybrid electric sports tourer and expects the first of the vehicles to reach dealerships in the U.S. and Europe simultaneously by the end of April or beginning of May as demonstrator models. Customer deliveries are set to begin in both markets two months later, company spokesman Roger Ormisher told AutoObserver in an exclusive interview Wednesday. more

Fisker Starts Limited Production of Karma Plug-in Hybrid

By AutoObserver Staff March 23, 2011

Full production of 15,000 units annually is slated to begin in October. Fisker Automotive has started limited production of its Karma plug-in hybrid electric sports tourer and expects the first of the vehicles to reach dealerships in the U.S. and Europe simultaneously by the end of April or beginning of May as demonstrator models, with customer deliveries to begin in both markets two months later, company spokesman Roger Ormisher told Green Car Advisor in an exclusive interview today. The Irvine, Calif.-based automaker has started producing its first model --  the 2012 Karma, with a base price of $96,850 including more

Fisker Karma First Drive Impresses; Production On Schedule

By John O'Dell February 25, 2011

Fisker Automotive trotted out its extended-range plug-in Karma sports-luxe sedan earlier this month for a limited number of test drives and Inside Line correspondent Matt Davis was one of the handful of reviewers who took the Karma for a spin at the California Speedway. He liked the car - except for the sound of the engine when the turbocharged  GM Ecotec four-pot range-extender is raging away at full steam in "sport" mode. More important. though, than a reviewer's first impression after a relatively short spin, is that Fisker says the Karma  remains on track for late March production startup more

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Fisker Raises Another $150 Million

By John O'Dell February 7, 2011

Fisker Automotive still hasn't delivered a car to a customer, but someone out there thinks a lot of the nascent plug-in hybrid maker's future. The Irvine, Calif., company has just completed a $150 million private fundraising round - bringing to $489 million the total of private investment capital it has raised since its inception nearly four years ago.  Fisker raised $189 million of that total last year. more

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