• Feb 11th 2010 at 1:07PM
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Fisker Sunset in black – Click above for high-res image gallery

While walking the hallways at the Chicago Auto Show looking for interesting things to write about, we stumbled upon the Fisker booth and found a pair of extended-range plug-in hybrids to point our DSLR lenses at. We were especially attracted to the droptop Sunset model, in this case painted up in a beautiful coating of jet black paint. Equally as jaw-dropping was the brown leather interior, which had a worn-in baseball glove-like finish that looked awfully inviting.

Joining the Sunset was the expected four-door Karma, painted up in a familiar shade of gray. See them both in our high-res gallery of live images from the show floor in Chicago.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Like the Tesla, these are nice cars but very exclusive because they are so expensive. Nevertheless, they help the EV movement by inviting wealthy people to join the EV club.

      Once the sub-twenty five thousand dollar price point is reach by the more common names in the industry, perhaps the rest of the "great unwashed" can drive an EV also, that includes me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree I shouldn't be preaching to those who already know about BEVs, etc. on this blog.
        So, every time I get a chance I fire off a post to the local papers.

        I, like you, believe oil is a security issue and for the life of me, I will never understand why our politicians were so slow to understand and act on the behalf of the American people long ago.

        And, lastly I agree the effort to educate should not be directed with a division of groups in mind but by an attempt to unify, least I be branded a Wacko...ha!
        • 5 Years Ago
        And, of course your selection of cars is excellent; I, on the other hand approach the subject of personal transportation from a different aspect, more of a thought of the utility of it as a whole. I find it difficult to buy an expensive conveyance and subject it to the rigors of track days and the possible mercy of the 40% of drivers on the streets that don't have the basic skills to drive. We in California also have our share of road hazards like poorly cleaned streets and freeways with rocks, car parts, screws, bolts, snow sand, and sand storms, all waiting on the roads to reduce the value of our cars.

        My solution is to find an older inexpensive car and prepare it for the track then purchase a comfortable late model used car for the streets. The one exception would be a new BEV that was fairly priced for the street car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And why does that price range have to be reached by the more common names? I'm not buying a ford or GM, and i'm certainly not buying a Toyota. I'd really prefer to buy a car from Tesla or Fisker myself. I don't like those other guys.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Nevertheless, they help the EV movement by inviting wealthy people to join the EV club." EV "movement"? Huh? This is why these things don't take off.

        We need EVs to cut off our requirement for foreign oil. The power required to run it can come from domestic natural gas, nuclear, and other forms of energy. It's a national security issue. Continuing to make it a "green" issue just cuts off major chunks of the US population who think people in "movements" are wackos!

        Having said that, I don't think you're a wacko. I think your post is actually quite thoughtful and does point to the truth of understanding these things have to start out in higher price items to finance the concept prior to distilling it to a daily useful driver for the rest of us.

        I am saying the "movement" would benefit from re-thinking it's tack. You shouldn't be preaching to the choir, you should be pointing out the multiple reasons for development and deployment of this type of technology to those who really don't care about being "green," in fact many of whom doing everything to avoid appearing "green" because they think it's part of the Politically Correct movement.

        Just to be clear: I don't mean to be critical of you personally. Clearly your heart is in the right place, but it'd be far better to focus on economic and security benefits to help others understand the benefits of buying this type of technology.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't only help wealthy people. When wealthy people buy these cars, it increases the size of the market for EV drivetrains, chargers, batteries, etc. That will drive down the costs for everyone. So, like the digital camera, video game console, PC, and other markets, you start at the high-end and work your way down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What do you think of the Myers Motors Duo? They're hoping for $25k.
        Of course you'll need a motorcycle license in most places.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, how nice. The engineers at Fiskers figured out a simple way to build a super-exclusive sportcar by 'customizing' an SL Mercedes. Lots of cheap package-deal cars are nothing but a Corvette with new body panels installed---but Fiskers took one of the most beautiful cars ever built and figured they could do better (I mean, the Germans certainly ignore things like designing, prototyping, and building their engines by hand).
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Sunset is not a modified Mercedes - it is built on a modified version of the aluminum spaceframe used in the Karma - and was designed completely by Fisker.

        You might be confusing Fisker's other company "Fisker Coachbuild" which does re-body Mercedes and BMWs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i don't get it. Why aren't Fisker adopting the same marketing strategy that GM has with the Volt? With GM they even got those blind people in to "promote" their cars. Covering really all the bases then ;) No such media von Fisker. Would be nice to hear more 'bout the development of the car. And whoever designed the interior should be sacked. There's sumptuousness (if that word does exist) and sophistication, but both together don't mix, well, at least here they don't. The leather clad interior makes my stomach turn..
      Just my 2 cents ;)

      • 5 Years Ago
      The Sunset really looks like the current-generation Maserati convertible.
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