Someone over at Fisker Automotive has been having fun with Photoshop. In the company's gallery of images for the Karma we see the sleek and "sexy" hybrid in a dark blue on some sort of rocky seashore. Very nice. There are also some actual close-up photos of the Karma taken by photographer Robert Kerian. The images are, I think, to accompany the Karma's debut in the April 2008 edition of the Robb Report Collection (pr after the break). The Robb Report is that glossy fantasy magazine that lusts after luxury items, so I guess this makes the Karma now officially drool-worthy. There's no new information about this 100 mpge PHEV, but at least we have something new to drool on look at. Check things out over at the Fisker Automotive website or in the gallery below.
A Whole New Breed of Hybrid: High-Performance Fisker Karma Featured in Robb Report
IRVINE, Calif., April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq: QTWW), today announced that the Quantum-powered Fisker Karma, a high-performance hybrid sports sedan built through a partnership with Fisker Automotive, is featured in the April 2008 edition of the Robb Report Collection.
The article highlights the breakthrough "eco-chic" hybrid design from renowned Danish designer Henrik Fisker that runs on Quantum Technologies' "Q-Drive" -- a fully electric-powered system that offers zero-emissions, no compromise on power, and achieves 100 miles per gallon.
The innovative Q-Drive is a hybrid propulsion system configured with a small gasoline engine used solely to power an electric generator that charges a lithium-ion battery pack. The advanced propulsion system can take the Karma from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, reaching speeds in excess of 125 mph.
Quantum's Q-Drive technology will provide a base for all future derivatives from Fisker Automotive and moves Quantum one-step closer to its goal of becoming the premier, fully integrated alternative energy company. In addition to supplying the Q-Drive, each Fisker Karma will incorporate Quantum-Asola's solar roof, produced through Quantum's partner, the German-based solar module manufacturer, Asola.
Fisker expects to deliver 100 of the luxury hybrids by the end of 2009 with full production commencing in 2010. For more information, visit http://www.qtww.com or http://www.fiskerautomotive.com.
About Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc.
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc., a fully integrated alternative energy company, is a leader in the development and production of advanced propulsion systems, energy storage technologies, and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum's portfolio of technologies includes advanced lithium-ion battery systems, electronic controls, hybrid electric drive systems, hydrogen storage and metering systems, and alternative fuel technologies that enable fuel efficient, low emission hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell, and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum's power-train engineering, system integration, vehicle manufacturing, and assembly capabilities provide fast-to-market solutions to support the production of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen-powered hybrid, fuel cell, alternative fuel, and specialty vehicles as well as modular, transportable, hydrogen refueling stations. Quantum's customer base includes automotive OEMs, dealer networks, fleets, aerospace industry, military and other government entities, and other strategic alliance partners. For more information, visit http://www.qtww.com.
About Fisker Automotive, Inc.
Keeping with the company's mantra of "Simply World Class," Fisker Automotive and its retailers will offer a customer experience second to none. All retailers will be housed in eco-friendly facilities and will offer consumers a unique personal approach, including the ability to ask questions via video conference with an expert at Fisker Automotive headquarters and flexible scheduling based on consumer availability.
Fisker Automotive is a privately owned car company with Henrik Fisker serving as the CEO. Fisker Coachbuild, LLC will be the exclusive design house for Fisker Automotive through the entire range of product development. Additional executive team members include Vic Doolan, Board Member FA & Director of Retail Development; Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO Quantum Technologies & Board Member FA; Bernhard Koehler, COO; Thomas Fritz, Director of Engineering; and production design by Alexander Klatt, formerly of BMW and Mark Clarke formerly of Porsche. This experienced team will help Fisker Automotive lead the future and redefine automotive design by creating the ultimate eco-chic car-cars that marry unparalleled style with environmental consciousness.
Forward-Looking Statements: Except for historical information, the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in the foregoing press release are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's expectations regarding expected future revenues and operating results; future opportunities for Quantum; the Company's ability to fulfill orders in the future; and other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statement. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among other factors, prevailing market conditions; the Company's ability to design and market automotive products; the Company's ability to meet customer specifications and qualification requirements; availability of component parts and raw materials that meet the Company's requirements; and the Company's ability to source alternative materials and suppliers. Reference should also be made to the risk factors set forth from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including but not limited to those contained in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2007. The Company does not undertake to update or revise any of its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.
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