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Tomorrow afternoon, Fisker Automotive will officially hand over the keys to the first production Karma to Ray Lane (sorry Leonardo DiCaprio) at Kleiner Perkins Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Designed by Henrik Fisker and constructed at Valmet Automotive in Finland, Fisker says the Karma is:
... the world's first extended-range electric vehicle – offering responsible luxury, incomparable performance and seating for four. Powered by twin 201-horsepower electric motors that may be augmented by an on-board engine generator, the Karma is capable of delivering over 300 miles of responsible driving – and a top speed of 125 miles per hour.
Augmented by an on-board engine generator? What does that mean, exactly?

Moving on, the Signature Series, Silver Mirage-colored Fisker Karma will be handed over to Ray Lane – chairman of the board of directors at Fisker Automotive and an advocate of advanced technology vehicles – in less than 24 hours. Of the occasion, Henrik Fisker says, "It is an exciting day for Fisker to hand over the keys of our first production vehicle and to know that our dream and Ray Lane's imagination have enabled this milestone in automotive history." What a long, strange trip it's been.


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Media Advisory: Press Reception to Celebrate Silicon Valley Automotive Milestone: Fisker Karma Debuts in Silicon Valley Business Leader, Ray Lane (Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers) Accepts Keys to Company's First Production Car

What: The Fisker Karma is the world's first extended range EV - offering responsible luxury, incomparable performance and seating for four. Powered by twin 201 HP electric motors that may be augmented by an on-board engine generator, the Karma is capable of delivering over 300 miles of responsible driving - and a top speed of 125 MPH.

Designed by Henrik Fisker and constructed in Finland, the Signature Series Fisker Karma is a long awaited step forward for the automotive industry as a whole - and clearly demonstrates that luxury can accommodate sustainable manufacturing and performance driving demands.

Where: The Silver Mirage colored Fisker will be delivered to Ray Lane @ 1:00 PM PDT - July 26 - at the Kleiner Perkins Headquarters, 2750 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 233 2750

Mr. Lane, well known for his many technical and businesses successes, also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fisker Automotive, Chairman of Carnegie Mellon University and also Hewlett-Packard Corporation. He has been an outspoken advocate of sustainable, exciting and high-design value EVs.

"It is an exciting day for Fisker to hand over the keys of our first production vehicle and to know that our dream and Ray Lane's imagination have enabled this milestone in automotive history," said Henrik Fisker.

Event: The Silicon Valley Fisker Karma debut is scheduled for @ 1:00 PM.

* Mr. Lane will accept the keys and offer remarks about why he is committed to the broader development of alternative transportation and why the Fisker approach is a valued alternative to competing design and engineering philosophies.

* Mr. Lane will be available for interview following his remarks.


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      sirvixisvexed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw a friend post on facebook that she saw one of these on the road in the detroit area last week. I can't wait to see them on the road finally, and search for them cheap on autotrader in 5 years!
      Doug
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I went to this press event. The car does look a lot better in person. Seems Leo got his car yesterday, Colin Powell and Al Gore are supposed to get their cars later this week. I put some photos up here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26339101@N07/sets/72157627164686249/
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      maybe DiCaprio would be a better image than an 81 year old. imagine that. the Karma has a very old timer look already, not sure the crusty old dead guy republican look will help. assuming the delays are over now (probably not) it will be interesting to see what sales numbers they can pull off and what they can sustain. and how much it will take away from tesla model S sales. what happens next will be seminal. will the 2bn dollar bubble burst or will fisker and tesla be future brands.
      fairfireman21
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is this car praised but the Volt isn't? Aren't they about the same? Electric and gas. The Volt I bet gets better mileage
        electronx16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fairfireman21
        The reason I like the Karma but not the Volt is that the Karma makes more sense than the Volt. The problem with PHEV's is that they are extremely complex and therefore expensive to build. The up-market concept of the Karma allows it to absorb the extra cost, the folksy image of Chevy and budget looks of the Volt....not so much.
        Ashton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fairfireman21
        "Why is this car praised but the Volt isn't?" I've wondered the same thing.... The Karma's electric range is 50, while the Volt's is 35.....other then that, I think its just the looks.
        EVnerdGene
        • 4 Months Ago
        @fairfireman21
        How does the Karma make more sense than the Volt ? It doesn't. The Volt opted for a mechanical connection between the engine-generator and motor, while the Karma goes thru several more layers of inefficiency in driving its motors - rectifying, charging, battery output, inverting. I'd guess a good 15% decrease in system efficiency compared to the Volt - resulting in less mileage in extended mode. But, both have highly efficient and clean cheby engines !!!
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the range if you drive irresponsibly ?hehe
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Augmented" is vague term used by a marketing guy who doesn't really understand the technology so he just went vague instead of going specific but wrong.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      As Barry Manilow once said in a song, "Look like we made it". They did it! How many will start rolling off the line? When does Dicrapo get his? Maybe Elon Musk wants one?
        skierpage
        • 4 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Dang, I saw an informative news item about production last week, but it's drowned out in Google results by spam sites and mindless rebroadcasting with and without Di Caprio. The Wikipedia article says "The Valmet plant in Finland began production with five cars a week, and Fisk expects to rise production to 300 cars a week from November 2011." but whoever added that didn't cite source. It may be from http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/258134/ , which doesn't cite any source but aggressive-UK-reporter-style goes on to say some interesting things: Consequently Fisker estimates the $100,000 car (set to cost around £95,000 in the UK after taxes) is sold out until early 2012. ... Saloon, convertible and shooting-brake models of the Karma will eventually be produced, with the latter set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Subsequently, in 2013, a smaller, four-door range-extended BMW 3-series rival will be launched, which is currently known as Project Nina. Again, there will be three bodystyles and it will cost from $50,000, although unlike the Karma it will be available in left and right-hand drive. Fisker estimates it will sell 100,000 Nina models a year, making it one of the best-selling alternatively powered vehicles when it goes on sale.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fisker says this is " ... the world's first extended-range electric vehicle ..." Hardly. The Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle has been available for sale/lease and in showrooms/garages for the last eight months or so. Welcome to the party (better late than never I guess).
      Nick From Montreal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fisker have always been protective of their image while the car was in development. They are handing the first production car to investors, who will be less critical if there are issues (there are always issues at first). Tesla did the same thing with their Founder's Series and it worked quite well for them.
        Doug
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Nick From Montreal
        True and true. I wonder how close they've come to resolving those issues.
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Long and strange trip"? Actually compared to other start ups, this car has gone from concept to delivery in record time. I know a lot has been made of not meeting overly optimistic earlier delivery promises, but I for one never expected them to be met.
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope it will be used as commute everyday car ride but as it is a deluxe for semi-richs then on weekends... It's a high-tech greenish electric car, let's see if that's a success.
      Lloyd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems a little unusual to make a big fanfare delivering the first unit to someone on the Board of Directors of the same company, and not a true customer!
        letstakeawalk
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Lloyd
        The first Tesla Roadster was delivered to Elon Musk. There's privileges for those who invest their time and money into making their dreams happen!
        John R
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Lloyd
        It's still their first production car - and that's a huge accomplishment for a new manufacturer!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Lloyd
        " hi, we're Fisker and we'd like to pat ourselves on the back "
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