Guys like Henrik Fisker don't get to where they are by being modest.

The founder and namesake of the California-based extended-range plug-in vehicle maker spoke to the Wall Street Journal about his drivetrain technology and how it could be expanded to other forms of transportation.

Fisker, who was born in Denmark, specifically mentioned four-wheel-drive vehicles would be a good fit for extended-range plug-in technology. He then went one step further, saying boats could use a similar powertrain setup to use electric power inside harbors and switch to diesel fuel out in the open water. Yes, in case he's asking for our opinion, we would like to see a water-ready Fisker hybrid design.

In the meantime, Fisker, who has helped raise $1.2 billion in equity for his company, called his company a "historic brand" for its sales of about 1,500 Fisker Karma vehicles globally since the model debuted late last year. Later this year, Fisker will start selling Karmas in Dubai and China. No word on whether extended-range plug-in boats will be offered there.


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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just got this e-mail: How about you come over at 9pm for sex then we watch the metor shower by the pool-jacuzi..bring your suit. xo She is a former Illinois Beauty Pagent semi-finalist... :D
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where and by who these fisler karma will be serviced in the future if problems show-up ? Do they sale these cars in normal dealerships or we buy them on ebay ?
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        That, is a good question. Will similar batteries be available? Will there be updates for the odd touch screen over time? Parts? Until their problems are addressed, the Volt or Leaf are the way to go. Don't get me wrong, I hope for the best for them, but that is a big investment on a very shaky company. Since reliability has been an issue, this is a real concern. Nissan and GM would keep parts around for at least 10 years if they decided to stop building the Leaf/Volt tomorrow.
      Larz Larzen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will Fisker one day declare bankruptcy? Fisker has neither the financing or the the know-how to keep this company viable. It's nowhere near the Tesla success story. The first thing they need do is bring in some more capable engineers.
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Larz Larzen
        Larz, I'm afraid it's actually pretty close to the Tesla 'success' story : )
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          There are lots of parallels between the two companies. Most people make the error of comparing the Model S to the Karma. Compare the Roadster to the Karma and it makes a lot more sense.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Larz Larzen
        @ Larz Larzen You are aware that for some years, Fisker has successfully been building sports cars, other than the Karma ? Are you also aware of the background of Quantum Technologies who supply the drive-train and chassis ? Now, it's usually a good idea to do a little research before becoming, as one poster puts it, an " armchair prognosticator" !
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Larz Larzen
        "In the meantime, Fisker, who has helped raise $1.2 billion in equity for his company, called his company a "historic brand" for its sales of about 1,500 Fisker Karma vehicles globally since the model debuted late last year." How long did it take Tesla to sell 1500 cars?
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          @ltaw Thanks dude.... :)
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          @ltaw Thanks dude.... :)
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          Fisker outsold the Maserati Quattroporte globally, which is considered direct competition. They also outsold the BMW 7er and the Mercedes S-Class in the Netherlands.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          I was too lazy to do the research (feel free to downvote), but how does Fisker compare to other $100,000+ vehicles in sales? Obviously the Volt sells that many, or more in a month, the Leaf about 1/2 that amount each month... I think with Fisker is, if (and, that is a big 'if') they can survive and release the Atlantic, we might then see some real action. They will (hopefully) learned from their initial quality issues, and will also have a vehicle that will be in the price range of the Tesla/Corvette, but have advantages over both (range, MPG, Plug in electric miles). That is where the company will have its best chance.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lots of people are switching to electric motors on boats. Have you seen the price of marine diesel lately? Plus the batteries are more reliable now than the diesel motors that keep breaking down that are in boats. It always seems like you heard of people doing repairs, or fuel tank issues, or having to motor miles and miles for fuel...
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Electrification of boats seems kind silly. And then I realized you could add solar panels. Sailboats sail most of the time and only need the engine for ports. You could charge up while you sail.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Electric Boats have already been done by Epic Boats which is owned by Chris Anthony of Aptera fame. No solar panels though.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Marketing aside, and with great respect to the remarkable achievement by Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull... He jumped from 36km in the stratosphere. That's 64km (39 miles) below what is generally accepted as the beginning of "space". An amazing high-atmosphere jump - but not a "space program" by any realistic definition.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they are designing an amphibious sports car that means they will go bankrupt for sure. Maybe they thought that 20mpg in extended range mode was just too good - nothing like adding a boat hull and prop transmission to improve efficiency.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        "If they are designing an amphibious sports car..." You sure did jump to an absurd conclusion.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        @spec Groan...... :D
      Champ
      • 2 Years Ago
      My car has all its wheels, but its not all-wheel DRIVE!. that word "Drive" is a pretty important word to have in the title. I strongly suggest adding it.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      First, Fisker needs to stay afloat. Second, Fisker needs to launch the Nina / Atlantic. Until those things happen, talk of expanding the range is nonsense.
      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw a black Karma today. All issues with the long term viability of the company aside (and most armchair prognosticators aren't worth spit), it is a extremely beautiful car.
        Young
        • 2 Years Ago
        @American Refugee
        Agreed, I thought it was the best looking car at last years NYIAS - just needed a proper V12.
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fisker will be dead, soon.
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Levine Levine
        @ Levine Levine, Hopefully by then, miserable trolls posting spiteful nonsense, may have become extinct !
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is actually a Fisker guy? Who knew? What happens to Fisker dealers if they go under? Who will produce parts? The questions are still there... Stick with the Volt...
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw what you did there. :) Nicely done.
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