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Henrik Fisker Teams Up With Hong Kong Billionaire Richard Li to Save Fisker Automotive

May 29th, 2013

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Although Fisker Automotive hasn’t produced a car since July, a few parties have stepped up to save the fledgling automaker. Reports say that Fisker co-founder Henrik Fisker has teamed up with a group of investors including Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li to try to save the brand before bankruptcy proceedings begin. Their goal is to buy the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan to Fisker – worth about $171 million – for a much lower $25 – $30 million.

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Fisker Debts Pile Up as Landlord and Web Designer Claim $700,000 in Unpaid Bills

April 18th, 2013

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The past few weeks have seen a rapid unraveling of Fisker Automotive’s stability, as CEO Henrik Fisker announced his resignation, bankruptcy rumors swirled and the company laid off 75 percent of its work force. And now, as GigaOM reports, lawsuits against Fisker are starting to pile up, lending further credence to suggestions that the company will soon file for bankruptcy. Both Fisker’s landlords and the automaker’s web designer have filed claims totaling $700,000 in allegedly unpaid bills.

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Fisker Automotive Founder Henrik Fisker Resigns Over ‘Major Disagreements’ with Business Strategy

March 14th, 2013

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Here’s a bit of surprising news: Fisker Automotive‘s founding partner and executive chairman Henrik Fisker has resigned. Fisker Automotive has confirmed his resignation, but with very little details as to why. According to an email from Henrik Fisker announcing his resignation, he left the company that he helped create because of “several major disagreements . . . with the Fisker Automotive executive management on the business strategy.”

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In deep with Henrik Fisker: Despite floods and fires, "I think we’re beating the odds"

February 15th, 2013

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, AutoblogGreen Q & A, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Fisker

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Let's be clear: Fisker Automotive had a pretty bad 2012.

Let's be clear: Fisker Automotive had a pretty bad 2012. A flood, fires and recalls continued to dog the start-up automaker. Then, one of the men trying to become President of the United States called the company a loser in a very public setting. For the last three months, the company didn't even make any cars. Still, it takes more than that to rattle a man who lends his own name to a company, especially one who designed the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9.

So, when we sat down with Henrik Fisker towards the end of 2012, we were surprised at just how relentlessly positive he was. His optimism isn't totally unfounded. He pointed out that his company has already beaten many odds that plague start-ups, to say nothing of a company trying to introduce a new kind of powertrain into the luxury vehicle market. Given where Fisker is today, he told us, things are looking up. With the company just starting sales in the Middle East and China, could 2013 be the year Fisker's fortunes turn around? Henrik certainly thinks so, as you can read below.

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In deep with Henrik Fisker: Despite floods and fires, "I think we're beating the odds" originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fisker Karma drivers averaging 150 MPG*

February 14th, 2013

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, MPG, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Fisker

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One of the big criticisms of the Fisker Karma is that the heavy beast isn't exactly efficient. A curb weight of 5,300 pounds is one reason why the EPA says, when running on premium gas, the Karma gets just 20 miles per gallon combined (and 20 city/21 hwy). When you throw electricity into the mix, the Karma is rated at 54 MPGe combined.

All other plug-in hybrids on the US market have better MPGe ratings - the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In gets 95 MPGe, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt gets 98 MPGe, the Ford plug ins - the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi - both get 100 MPGe and the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid gets 115 MPGe,

Still, there is the official test rating and then there's real life, and it turns out that Karma drivers aren't big fans of pumping gas. Henrik Fisker recently told AutoblogGreen that the real-world mpg rating (that is, the miles the car moves based on gallons of gasoline put in, not counting electricity, so not an MPGe amount) is in the triple digits. He said:

You can say what you want about how the Europeans or the EPA measures fuel economy, but we have the facts, the facts of how Fisker Karma owners drive the car. The average is 150 miles a gallon. That is a fact. And we have customers who drive 3,000 to 4,000 miles before they fill up.

We'll post our full Q&A with Henrik tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Fisker Karma drivers averaging 150 MPG* originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Henrik Fisker has wined and dined 25% of all Karma buyers

February 12th, 2013

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Have you broken bread with the CEO of the company that made your car? Probably not. But, if you're one of the roughly 2,000 people who have purchased a Fisker Karma, then there's a decent chance that you actually have. A while back, we got to sit down with Henrik Fisker (sans food) for a lengthy interview we will be sharing later this week. But first, we wanted to highlight a few interesting things we learned, including how he sometimes takes a hands forks-on approach with his customers.

Instead of launching a big marketing campaign, Fisker told AutoblogGreen, the start-up automaker tries to think of "more innovative ways of doing marketing," including meals with buyers and potential customers:

What else can we do? Well, if you own a Mercedes, you can't go have dinner with Mr. Benz, because he isn't around any more. But you can have dinner with Henrik, maybe, at some special events we're doing. Even with our current customers, because we see them as brand ambassadors. I have had dinner or breakfast with at least 500 of them, all over the world. That's a quarter, that's quite a lot. It's great because they appreciate it and it's unique and it's something they couldn't do with any other car company and they become strong advocates for the brand and I get great feedback.

Stay tuned for more, including what some of this feedback is (hint: Karma drivers are pretty darn gas-averse).

Henrik Fisker has wined and dined 25% of all Karma buyers originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting "soon"

February 8th, 2013

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Chicago Auto Show, Fisker

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Is Fisker Automotive on the ropes? Listening to cofounder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker speak at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show this week, you certainly wouldn't think so. In an overwhelmingly optimistic speech, Fisker described his company's ethos and plan to sell green cars around the world.

He wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, though, as he talked about his company to the assembled ECC members and media. Fisker said that the company's first (and thus far only) model, the Karma, was specifically designed to not look like any other luxury vehicle on the market. He admits this choice both limits the appeal and makes a statement, thereby attracting a specific type of buyer. "[The style] means you're going to have a smaller market, because you appeal to people who dare to be different, who dare to show that they are buying a new type of brand, a new type of technology," he said.

"There is not a lot of demand for pure electric cars, and I think plug-in hybrids will be the next big step."

Whatever it looks like, Fisker believes plug-in powertrains are the right mix for today's market. A plug-in hybrid with around 50 miles of range can drive without any gas on a daily basis but still take you for long trips on the weekends, he notes. "There is not a lot of demand for pure electric cars, but I think you can see hybrids are on the rise and I think plug-in hybrids will be the next big step," he said. Since he wants Fisker to be a lifestyle brand that doesn't compete with traditional automakers, there are no plans to make a gas-powered Karma (quirky aftermarket Destino venture aside). "We want to stay in a segment where there is less competition," he said, not mentioning the upcoming Cadillac ELR.

"You might be able to go, let's say, 250 miles, but then when you're out of battery you might need to recharge for a couple days or find a charging station."

Fisker also astutely managed to not mention Tesla Motors by name, even when he alluded to the company's star vehicle, the Model S. Fisker argues a plug-in hybrid beats a pure electric for many reasons, including a cheaper battery. "When you're carrying around a giant battery, it costs a lot of money on your daily commute and then when you really want to go far, you can't do it anyway. You might be able to go, let's say, 250 miles, but then when you're out of battery, you might need to recharge for a couple days or find a charging station. Whereas our way is, you have a smaller battery and, when you really want to go far, you can go as far as you want."

This limitation affects all EVs, he said. "In the pure electric car market, my prediction is we're going to have too many models for too few buyers. And the reason is that every big car company is making one little electric car, mostly to satisfy the overall fleet average," he said. "With plug-in hybrids, there's a lot fewer cars on the market, and I think a lot more buyers."

"In the pure electric car market, my prediction is we're going to have too many models for too few buyers."

Speaking of buyers, though, we're still not sure what the status of Karma sales is. Fisker doesn't announce its production numbers, but we can look at the numbers that have been publicly disclosed and calculate out from there. In late 2012, Fisker said his company had built a little more than 2,000 Karmas, and we know that it's been over seven months since any new examples rolled off the line. So, let's guesstimate that there are 2,200 Karmas in existence, and that's all that have been around for seven months. In January, a Fisker spokesman said there was a "sufficient supply" to meet demand. This week, Fisker said his company had sold 2,000 Karmas, but that number has been bandied about for months now. In any case, those steady numbers imply that most Karmas that have been built have been sold and that the "sufficient" supply suggests demand is very low. When asked after the speech when Fisker would start making cars again, all Fisker would say was, "Soon."

Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting "soon" originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Henrik Fisker, Founder of Fisker Automotive and Designer of the Karma

February 4th, 2013

Car designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker made his name in the car industry designing the highest of the high-end luxury cars for BMW and Aston Martin. After making waves in the auto industry with vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and BMW Z8, he decided to break away from this corner of the auto world imbued with tradition and start his own company, Fisker Automotive. Fisker’s first vehicle to hit the road has been the Karma, an impressively green, extended range electric vehicle with so many curves, your eyes are already driving it before you’ve even gotten behind the wheel. Coming in as loud and clear as the Karma’s sex appeal, Henrik Fisker is on a mission to make green cars cool. We recently had a chance to talk to him about how he’s risen to the top of the electric vehicle pack, and where he plans on taking his cars from there.


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Fisker Revelations: new leader, good car, huge challenges

November 2nd, 2012

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, GM, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Fisker, At Witz End

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I finally got to drive a Fisker Karma (great model name!), and found it better than expected. The occasion was the annual Motor Press Guild (MPG) "Track Days" at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, where four Karmas were lined up to be driven by attending media. Not on the track of course, but on the straight, smooth public roads around it.

Three journalists and a Fisker representative piled into the car, and I spent the first several minutes wedged into the right rear seat. Like the rest of the car, it was better than expected ... not especially roomy for a 6-foot, long-legged male, but not uninhabitable. The only major difficulty was extracting my feet from under the front seat when it was time to disembark.

Then it was my turn to drive. The controls and instruments were unconventional but easy to learn and use. The driver's seat was supportive and 6-way-adjustable. The available acceleration, even with four aboard, was strong. Despite the car's prodigious weight, the Brembo brakes were also strong (and fairly linear) when needed, with just a hint of noticeable transition from regen to friction. Can't comment on cornering, since I never got a chance.

The cabin design is modern and pleasing - founder Henrik Fisker is a gifted designer, so likely had much to say about it as well as the long, sensuous, bulge-fendered body) - and suitably plush for the price. Perhaps my biggest surprise was the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder range-extender engine's unobtrusiveness when it ran. My only real dislike was the fuzzy velour (actually "EcoSuede") on the dashtop and steering wheel.

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