Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands
  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands
  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands

  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands
  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands

  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands
  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands

  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands
  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands

  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands
  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands

  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands
  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands

  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands
  • Mass Fisker Karma recharging event in the Netherlands

For those existentialists who've ever wondered what's the sound of 45 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrids recharging, now we know.

Forty-five Fisker Karma owners in the Netherlands staged what organizers are saying is the world's largest simultaneous re-charge of "single-brand electric vehicles."

Better yet, owners of five other EVs joined in on the fun, giving the attempt a "mixed-brand" simultaneous recharge of 50 vehicles, also a world record. Of course, Fisker didn't say what the other EVs were. Dutch EV advocate Stichting E-Laad verified the record, according to Fisker.

Still, the Fisker owners used the Floriade Horticultural World Expo in Venlo, Netherlands (which is on the southeastern corner of the country near the German border) to show their EV solidarity. Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers, himself a Karma owner, was on hand for the party. Fisker has sold 130 Karmas in the Netherlands this year, the most in any European country. There are more details in the press release below.
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FISKER SETS TWO ELECTRIC VEHICLE WORLD RECORDS

45 Karma owners gather with Dutch astronaut André Kuipers in Netherlands for the attempt.

ANAHEIM, CA – September 10, 2012: Fisker Automotive helped set two new world records for electric vehicles at an event organized by the company's Dutch retailer, Fisker Nederland.

The Southern California automaker is now first to hold the world record for Highest Number of Single-Brand Electric Vehicles to be Charged Simultaneously, with 45 owners of its Karma Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer™) having their cars charged at the same time.

Those 45 owners also helped break the world record for Highest Number of Mixed-Brand Electric Vehicles to be Charged Simultaneously. That record now stands at 50. The previous record was 43, set in May of this year.

Both records were confirmed by Stichting E-Laad, the Dutch foundation for the promotion of electric driving.

Photos and a downloadable video are available at http://media.fiskerautomotive.com Embeddable video is available here

Fisker Nederland, Fisker Automotive's most successful European representative with more than 130 Karmas sold since January 2012, organized the event Sunday September 2 at the Floriade Horticultural World Expo in Venlo, Netherlands, where 60 240-volt charge points were temporarily installed for the occasion. Floriade stands for innovation and the sustainable relationship between man and nature, teaches us how to return to nature and how to learn from it.

The successful attempt was part of the first 'Good Karma Day' for Dutch Fisker Karma owners, which was part charity event -- for every Karma sold by Fisker Nederland a donation was made to the Eugène Janssen Foundation to support African children living in dire circumstances – and part social gathering.

The world record-activity was witnessed by famous Dutch ESA astronaut and Karma driver Mr. André Kuipers, who just returned from a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station; Fisker Automotive co-founder Mr. Bernhard Koehler; and Mr. Jacob Nellemann, general manager of the Nellemann Group, the Fisker Distributor for northwest Europe.

"We are excited that as an American car company we have had so many European Karma owners make this world-record attempt a success," said Koehler. "They have helped make history and show that electric vehicles with extended range are the future."

Geert-Jan Tax said, "The success of Fisker in the Dutch market underlines the massive potential that the Karma has around the globe. The Fisker Karma is the first truly global vehicle that the American car industry has produced over the last few decades and certainly the most innovative. America should be proud of Fisker. The enthusiasm and engagement of our clients to bring 45 Karmas together on the last sunny weekend of the year is symbolic for the passion, product satisfaction and enthusiasm that is felt towards the Fisker brand by all Karma owners and their families."

Jacob Nellemann said, "Representing Fisker in the North European markets, we are extremely proud of our achievement in Holland. Gathering 45 happy Karma owners for a whole day event like this shows that our customers actually care for and believe in our brand and what we try to accomplish. And even more encouraging, this sets the pace for the ever growing club of Fisker believers across not only Europe but in the world."

The sight of 45 Karmas in the Dutch countryside was an unforgettable experience for owners and sent a message to the thousands of visitors at Floriade that day, that driving a Fisker Electric Vehicle with extended range can be as smart as it is beautiful.

About Fisker Automotive, Inc.

Fisker Automotive is a new automaker with a mission to build an innovative, eco-driven company that redefines and reshapes how the world thinks about cars. The company is leading the auto industry with its unique Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer™) powertrain technology, which combines the power and efficiency of electric drive with the range and freedom of a gasoline engine.

Fisker was established in Southern California in 2007 by top auto designer Henrik Fisker and business partner Bernhard Koehler. In 2008 Fisker unveiled the Karma, the world's first luxury Electric Vehicle with extended range. On sale since December 2011 the Karma was delivered to the market in record time. The Karma is the first and only American car to have won the coveted BBC Top Gear Luxury Car of the Year award, Automobile magazine named it 2012 Design of the Year, and TIME magazine listed the Karma one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011.

Fisker is headquartered in Anaheim, California and markets its products through a growing network of independent retailers around the world. Fisker Automotive can be found online at www.fiskerautomotive.com


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      Cheetahjab
      • 4 Months Ago
      Congratulations on letting a joke go over your head.. Meaning that of the 45 charging there 10 set fire.. But I wouldn't expect any less from a supporter of Fisker , honestly this company is slowly digging it's own grave. At least Tesla has a viable product, all Fisker did was make one up to get US government funding then suddenly withdraw it's project when it couldn't funnel funds from that to keep the karma from dying.
      Cheetahjab
      • 4 Months Ago
      And just think only 10 of them Caught fire. Good odds.
        Pavel
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Cheetahjab
        I think only 2, despite that one of the customers was so impressed with the car he chose to invest in Fisker.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      And no chrome-kitted Justin Beiber clone in sight. Fantastic. I say that because my nephew spotted one in Atlanta. Apparently this trend is catching on.
        Cheetahjab
        • 4 Months Ago
        @imoore
        here's hoping the chrome blinds a large dump truck driver who accidentally crushed and kill Beiber.. therefore saving the world
      Greg
      • 4 Months Ago
      The black one looks acceptable because you can't see the grille. The rest, though, are still ugly.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Months Ago
      Too bad most of that electricity will go to waste. EPA says: Fisker Karma: 62kw-hr to go 100 miles Tesla Model S: 38kw-hr to go 100 miles Nissan Leaf: 34kw-hr to go 100 miles Technically if the Fisker Karma was gas only, you'd have to pay a gas guzzler tax on it. I say you should have to pay a watt guzzler tax too.
        bluepongo1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Technically it's an idiot tax if you buy a greenwashed hybrid over a car with fewer points of failure.
      • 4 Months Ago
      send any new world records & breaking world records www.miraclesworldrecords.com
      dexbusy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Fisker will try to do ANYTHING to get some positive attention! Another mostly pointless story though. Perhaps all the attention on Tesla actually achieving a quality production car is getting to them..
        Nick
        • 4 Months Ago
        @dexbusy
        dexbusy It's hilarious to read dummies such as yourself acclaiming a car (Model S) that hasn't even started getting delivered.
        Pavel
        • 4 Months Ago
        @dexbusy
        Remember the Fisker has been out for a while now in the hands of customers, Tesla only just recently started making deliveries. In my opinion the jury is still out. best of luck to both..
      Chris M
      • 4 Months Ago
      It appears to be set up just for this event. Normally, EV chargers are not set up in the middle of a dirt field, and parking for charging usually isn't done on grass. I suspect that after this event, those chargers will be re-installed at more practical locations, in parking lots across the Netherlands.
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      A bad publicity stunt for a scam car company that is about to go bankrupt.
        Nick
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Blah blah blah repeat what Glenn Beck said blah blah.
      Rotation
      • 4 Months Ago
      I can't find a single car that is actually plugged in in those pictures. In the 4th picture, the charger itself (the once facing us) doesn't appear to be powered up (plugged in).
        Rotation
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Oh, there are two clearly plugged in on the left side of the first pic. Although the only J1772 connector removed from a charger is one that is attached to a seemingly non-powered charger. Maybe the light on top of the charger is an "available" light and it turns off when the charger is in use?
      • 4 Months Ago
      # Chris M: Sorry, you're not right. The E-parking was set up for this show, from april until october, and was there to promote and facilitate electric driving. After the show the EV-chargers will be placed at other locations. As for the other cars: three small Peugeot iOn, two Mercedes A-class, electric of course. All cars were plugged in, all cars left after some hours fully loaded for 80 km's electric range. There are 130 Karma's in the Netherlands, and counting.
        dexbusy
        • 4 Months Ago
        Ummmmm... Jan. If I read you right, you told Chris M he was NOT right then proceeded to verify what he or she posted. You must be a Fisker rep there..
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