With the UN Climate change conference currently under way in Copenhagen Denmark, it's not at all surprising that a member of the Danish royal family would make an appearance at some of the events. Of course it wouldn't do to show up at such a conference in a Rolls-Royce or Bentley. However, a Prius would be a bit too pedestrian. How about something with some flash and lower emissions than the iconic Toyota? Throw in a Danish connection and you've got a deal.

Thus, Crown Prince Frederik will arrive at two of Tuesday's events at the wheel (yes, the wheel) of the Fisker Karma. Designer and Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker is Danish by birth and the plug-in serial hybrid (or ER-EV if you prefer) is expected to score about 83 g/km in CO2 emissions. The prince becomes the first non-Fisker staffer to be allowed to drive the high performance, low emissions sedan. We now expect the Karma to hit the streets in the second half of next year.

The Karma has been making the rounds in Denmark, as we can see in these pictures.

[Source: Fisker]

press release

December 14, 2009:

WHAT: Denmark's Crown Prince HRH Frederik is the first individual outside the Fisker development team driving the new eco-friendly Fisker Karma. The Crown Prince will tomorrow travel to the COP15 UN Climate Conference events in Copenhagen with the plug-in hybrid car. HRH Frederik will visit at 4 pm Hopenhagen event at Raadhuspladsen after which he will leave in the Fisker Karma at 5 pm to the Bella Center.

The prototype saloon, developed by American automaker Fisker Automotive, can travel 80km (50mi) emission-free on a single charge of its Lithium-ion battery, and an additional 400km (250mi) on a range extending generator turned by an efficient four- cylinder gas engine. Economy is 2.4L/100km and emissions of just 83g/km CO2 – better than today's best hybrids. Still, the Karma can reach 100km/h (62mph) in about 6 seconds and exceed 200km/h (125mph).

Fisker Automotive from California is led by Danish auto designer Henrik Fisker, who also designed the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

The company was recently approved for a USD 528.7-million conditional loan from the U.S. Government and announced its intent to purchase an assembly plant from General Motors.

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