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.
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.
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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