Financial concerns are one thing. No one ever said a Fisker Karma wouldn't look stunning cruising through the Swiss Alps.

Thus, it's good to know that the California-based extended-range plug-in vehicle maker will have the chance to show off its Karma luxury sedan across the pond in the first-ever Bodensee-Elektrik Rallye, which runs through this weekend.

The race goes through Switzerland, Germany and Austria and will subject the Karma to "hundreds of kilometers in a true test of both economy and endurance," Fisker says. The automaker estimates that the Karma can go about 50 miles in electric-only mode (EPA says 32) and about 300 miles when using up a fully-charged battery and a full tank of, uh, petrol.

Fisker also added that Karma sales in Europe are "continuing at pace" and that the sedan "is becoming a more frequent site [sic] on the road," but the company did not disclose sales specifics.

Fisker is trying to raise more cash for production of the Karma as well as for its upcoming Atlantic model after the U.S. Department of Energy froze most of the $529 million in loans earmarked for the company because of production delays.
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Fisker Automotive Pleased to Announce Participation in the Bodensee-Elektrik 2012 Rallye

Munich, Germany – May 3, 2012: Fisker Automotive will enter its luxury range-extended Karma in the inaugural Bodensee-Elektrik Rallye, due to take place from May 3 – 6.

The event is specifically designed to showcase and test the ability of electric and range-extended vehicles. Both speed and fuel economy influence the results.

The Bodensee route takes in some of the finest and most challenging roads in Switzerland, Germany and Austria and covers hundreds of kilometers in a true test of both economy and endurance.

Independent journalists from AutoBild magazine will be among the drivers of the Karma, with regular progress reports to be posted on Fisker Automotive's Facebook page – www.facebook.com/fiskerauto.

"We're very proud that after just four years of true development, we have brought to market a range-extended electric car capable of performing in an event such as the inaugural Bodensee-Elektrik Rallye," said Bernhard Koehler, co-founder of Fisker Automotive.

"With the Karma on-sale and being delivered to customers throughout Europe, it is a great time to show what the car is capable of," he added.

With a first-class dealer network established throughout Europe, and customer deliveries continuing at pace, the Fisker Karma is becoming a more frequent site on the road.

Fisker Automotive's unique EVer (Electric Vehicle Extended Range) powertrain allows Karma drivers to choose between 'Stealth' all-electric running or 'Sport' mode with assistance from a petrol generator.

During independent testing, Germany's Technischer Üeberwachungs Verein (TÜV) found the Karma capable of achieving 83km in electric running only. Its total range was 483km without the need to recharge of add fuel.

Combined fuel economy was officially rated at 2.1l/100km, with just 51g/km CO2 despite the Karma's dramatic looks and compelling performance.

Follow the Fisker Karma in the Bodensee-Elektrik Rallye 2012, May 3-6, at www.facebook.com/fiskerauto.

ABOUT FISKER AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
Fisker Automotive is an American car company, founded in 2007, committed to producing electric vehicles with extended range (EVer) that deliver uncompromised responsible luxury. The company is designing and developing the world's first line of premium electric plug-in hybrids representing the company's firm belief that environmentally conscious cars need not sacrifice passion, style, or performance. Fisker Automotive is a global company that is redefining luxury for the modern sports car buyer. For more information on the brand and the Fisker Karma Sedan, please go to http://fiskerautomotive.com.


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      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a great event for the Karma to attract publicity. As Ezee says, the event passes through some of the worlds most beautiful scenery. This is an important event for EV technology. The Fisker styling makes it an ideal poster pin-up, to hold it's own with Bugatti, Aston Martin, Jaguar and other great GT's. A rally is the correct venue for displaying the advantages of EV technology. The market for Fisker is not concerned with saving gasoline, nor an anorak obsession with automotive efficiency ! Fisker buyers are purchasing a glamorous sport saloon (GT) with 'cool' technology and a practical use as a daily driver. No one cares about a bunch of killjoys mumbling despondently about government loan's, none of whom were invited to the party !
        EVnerdGene
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        "The market for Fisker is not concerned with saving gasoline, nor an anorak obsession with automotive efficiency ! Fisker buyers are purchasing a glamorous sport saloon (GT) with 'cool' technology and a practical use as a daily driver. " Good point Marco Polo So WTF did the DOE feel compelled to loan money (borrowed from China) to build this made in Finland rich boy's toy ?
          EVnerdGene
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          Marco said; "It's simple, the US government decided, for political and economic reasons " Political reasons ! Truth be known; you said it. A car designer and buddy from Europe, get the secret handshake from AlGore, meet with Biden. Four meetings in the oval office, and voil'a - cars are being built in Finland. Yes, the money already loaned were used to develop the Karma. Yes, some of money loaned is being used for the Nina that might be built in Biden's union-boy stomping ground. Yes, it smells of government corruption, or stupidity; most likely both. Stupidity? Investing in a $100+K car that only goes about 30 miles on batteries, and then gets the gas mileage of an FUV. Most excellent investment in technology DOE! Going in debt by about 1.5 Trillion per year, and this is an excellent example of the toilet these bastards are blowing our future on. Frisker is smart; when the dollar tanks, they can pay back their loans for pennies on the new dinero, or not.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          @EVnerdGene You have no evidence for anything you just wrote! Fisker Automotive applied to the DoE, in exactly the same way as everyone else. All the DoE loan money was spent in the US. No one, not even the most ardent GOP politician, or even Fox News, has suggested any improper dealings between the DoE and Fisker Automotive. If anything it's the contrary, Fisker may have an action against the DoE. ! I repeat, if you don't like government policy, don't blame Fisker. That's a matter for you to persuade your fellow voters to alter government policy. Until then, stop making wild accusations! Since you are not a Fisker owner, it's really not your business to tell those who are what the should prefer in car design. If I didn't know better, you come across as envious, mean spirited, motivated by your own personality problems and inferiority complex ! But, I believe you're sincere in your opposition to government loans to business. However, I am trying to tell you that your venom against Fisker is counter-productive. Save your opposition for the policy makers.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          @EVnerdGene Gene, sooner or later you're going to have to get over grumbling about Fisker ! It's simple, the US government decided, for political and economic reasons to offer a stimulus package of DoE AVTM Loans. Fisker applied and was issued with loan guarantees. Fisker's loans were to pay for engineering and integration work on the Karma, and that work was done in the US. Outsourcing components, coach-building etc, is neither new nor sinister in the automotive industry! I can't think of a single major Auto-manufacturer who hasn't employed this method with low volume models. From Ford to Toyota, Rolls Royce to VW all makers outsource and buy each others components for low volume manufacture. You may not like the car, that's your choice! But, there's nothing, 'wrong' or 'immoral', about the Karma, it's construction, it's price, or the people who buy the car. They just don't share your taste in auto-design. Nor is it a issue of class warfare, or any other nonsense. It's just a car! Fisker obtained it's loans in a perfectly lawful manner. As long as FA obeys the law, how FA conduct business, what they build, and who they sell to, is their business, not yours. If you have a political objection to the principle of Government loans or the DoE policy, you should take issue with your elected Representatives, not FA. Moaning on about Fisker receiving loans in the hope that somehow this will hurt Fisker, and create a failure to repay the loans, is pointless, unpatriotic, and just plain boring !
          EVnerdGene
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          DOE "inept at best and corrupt at worst" http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/03/15/10-reasons-why-fisker-may-be-worse-solyndra
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        Thank you. I mean, the Fisker isn't my favorite car out there, but I am a bit of a homer, so I hope it wins. It may not have a chance (no clue on the competition) but if it does, it would provide some needed good PR (the relations, not the posting guy), and maybe a chance that the Atlantic gets built. So Yay Fisker, woo-hoo, 'Merica!'
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a beautiful part of Germany/Switzerland. I spent a weekend there with a German girlfriend once. A highlight of my life. The thought of experiencing such beauty while watching these cars of the future - mmmmmm. I actually took an electric boat (they rent them there) out on the water with her (Daniela). Not quite sailing, but gliding silently, with nothing but the sound of the wind and the water hitting the boat. One of the best times of my life. Hope she is well.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's some pics: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150883638279903.481594.338910184902&type=1
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        More from the Autobild site: http://www.autobild.de/bilder/bilder-alle-autos-der-bodensee-elektrik-2012-3424107.html#bild1 Teslas, Leafs, Ampera, Volt, iMiev, MiniE, the BMW 1er, Audi A2 E-Tron, etc. etc.
      transpower
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fisker is just a group of people living on the government dole. They wouldn't stand a chance in an actual free market.
        swoboda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transpower
        Like the trillion dollar imported oil subsidies ( Petro wars and funded terrorism is extremely expensive) and billion dollar subsidies directly to Big Oil make it a free market to begin with? Pay the price of gas at the pump and electric and natural gas vehicles would already be cheaper.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @swoboda
          @swoboda Very hard to kill of a good myth, but if every 'subsidy' and 'tax break' to the Oil industry identified in President Obama's impassioned speech, was completely eliminated, the pump price of gasoline would increase by less than one cent per gallon ! That's not to say that the Loans, and tax breaks to EV makers and purchasers aren't perfectly justified and valid.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Prius Plugin won the competition. http://www.premiumpresse.de/toyota-prius-plug-in-gewinnt-1-bodensee-elektrik-PR1829900.html
      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Entering is one thing, finishing is another.....
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      A good looking refrigerator on wheels that also burns gas.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      HEY DOMINICK! Article on as vs prices drop, people are buying less efficient vehicles: http://www.leftlanenews.com/lower-gas-prices-prompted-sales-of-less-efficient-vehicles-last-month.html Disclaimer - I submit that not to troll, but in amazement. A month or two of dropped prices, and then buy something on a 5 year loan?
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Yeah, people are really stupid. Two years from now they'll be saying "WTF was I thinking when I bought this?!?!"
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Well yea! I mean, again maybe it is me being cheap and paranoid, but 3 - 4 months of 'cheap' gas at $3.65 a gallon (I know, to euros that is cheap, but still close to $60 to fill my compact truck, the Beloved Ranger) does not mean that 'yay, cheap gas is here to stay FOEVER!' As a radical right wing extremist ( starved 3 children this morning already) I believe people should buy what they want, however, no need to be dumb about something that requires a 5 year loan! And, when people were buying more fuel efficient cars just 1 and 2 months ago! Like, 'damn you forgot really quick.'
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bunch of sour puss's in here... I have no idea how good the competition is, but here's hoping it wins! :)
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      5400 pound fatburger should really shine in the Alps
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Lol Some people in various youtube reviews have already mentioned it is very slow and does not handle too good.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          @2WM Now your prejudice is just making say silly comments ! LTW, is quite right, quoting odd ranters on U tube, against scares of professional reviewers, and ME . Is just plain silly. I am no race driver, but I have driven the Fisker Karma, both on track and on the road. It's an excellent road car, comparable to any GT over challenging terrain, and an extremely comfortable boulevard cruiser ! It's a very user friendly automobile, very responsive and forgiving. It usually takes me some time to get used to LHD, but the Fisker is excellent. No owner gives a damn about how much the car weighs. The Fisker is, what it is, not to everyone taste, that's true, but for those who like Fisker style and image it's a great vehicle !
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          If there's a negative review out there, feel free to post a link to it. I got bored watching enthusiastic driver after enthusiastic driver go on about how much they like driving the car.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Just going off the reviews i've seen on youtube from owners. Just search 'fisker karma review' on youtube, you'll probably see it. Only thing i've heard really praised was the breaks, and some owners blagging about whatever mpg they get ( no mention of the very high electricity consumption, then again a lot of people don't think about that. ) You also have a very clear pro karma bias. Yin and yang
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Of course, 2WM also loves to complain about Autoblog as well, so what do they think about the Karma's handling? Mind you, not ABG, but the full-blown gasser enthusiast side of the site? "There we were, still in Pomona, yes, and we had polished off two spirited Stealth laps, grabbing the overly stylized steering wheel through several tight curves. We already were blown away by the dynamics of the all-new very stiff Karma chassis. Shall we risk a shower of disbelief from commentators by saying the Karma is the best handling large premium car in this entire segment? Why, yes, we shall. The steering itself could always be more communicative for us, but here it is still among the best of the biggies. The gaping wheelbase of the all-aluminum chassis and large wheels attached had us wondering however could this be, but it was so. If there's a ***** in the Karma's packaging, it's that luggage space totals just 7.1 cubic feet. Suspension structure on all four corners is by forged aluminum double-wishbone, while front dampers are straightforward units and rear dampers are fancy self-leveling. This arrangement takes the consequent dynamics of the 47/53 fore/aft weight distribution to new heights. We were even shorting curves over the rumble strips and sliding the tail around slightly whenever needed. Certainly, the big Goodyear Eagle 1 tires helped a bunch – 255/35 WR22 (99W) front, 285/35 WR22 (102W) rear – as did the ironclad vented Brembo performance brakes that stopped us consistently all day. We were hauling butt and racing around in a battery-energized car and not complaining about the cornering dynamics! Ka-loo ka-lay, wake the entire village!" They love it. The Karma is a PHEV that ICE-purists love.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          OTOH, professional drivers have reviewed it extensively, and have given the Karma great accolades for its driving feel: "Handling is a subject we can address with more confidence. The Karma’s steering is endowed with real road feel and linear turn-in response. The ride is supple, and there’s minimal body roll when you fling the wheel; the low-mounted, 600-pound battery pack makes for an effective keel. Even though the rear wheels carry 53 percent of the Karma’s mass, there’s understeer awaiting those who visit the borderlands of grip." --Car and Driver "While mashing the accelerator pedal isn't all that rewarding, the chassis more than makes up for it. The Karma lives up to the handling promises made by the beefy haunches pulled tight around the 22-inch wheels. The heavy battery pack actually improves body control by locating so much mass low to the ground and in between the wheels. As a result, the Fisker remains virtually flat in corners. The steering is superb -- arguably better than that of a new Porsche 911. That sentiment likely says more about the Porsche than the Fisker, but it's worth noting that the Southern California startup stuck with a more traditional hydraulic pump that allows for excellent feedback from the front tires while many automakers are switching to pure electric setups. Despite the low-profile tires and the non-adjustable suspension, the Karma also rides comfortably over California's pavement." --Automobile "Fisker has spent a considerable part of its vast development budget on making sure the Karma ticks all the dynamic boxes that anyone coming to it from a similarly-priced conventional car would expect. It rides exceptionally well despite standard 22-inch wheels and the cabin is extremely well insulated at cruising speeds. Steering is light but accurate and - despite ultimate understeer - the car feels agile and responsive at normal speeds, especially considering its two and a half tone of mass." -- EVO But both EVNG and 2WM have very open and clear anti-Karma bias, so it's no surprise they'd find something to complain about in a post about a PHEV participating in an eco-rally.
      transpower
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fisker is just a group of losers living off the government. They wouldn't stand a chance in an actual free market.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transpower
        1) no government loans were used to build this car.. at least none from the USA.. 2) there is no such thing as a free market, in any developed country. 3) i don't like the car, for the same reasons i don't like the hummer, but it might actually survive. It is amazing what you can get away with when you build it as a high end luxury car.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Fisker did receive DoE AVTM Loans to pay for engineering and integration work on the Karma, and that work was done in the US.
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