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.
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.