Henrik Fisker, namesake and founder of plug-in hybrid auto manufacturer Fisker Automotive, has resigned from the company. Most recently, he has served Fisker as Executive Chairman, but he was previously the company’s CEO. We knew that Fisker has been struggling with one issue after another for the past few problematic years, but the company’s namesake and founder leaving cannot be good news.
Luxury plug-in automaker Fisker has not had a good year. Adding to a string of bad news over the past few months, approximately 300 new, completed Karma sedans were sitting at their port in New Jersey when Sandy hit. (The Karma is built in Finland by Valmet). The cars were apparently waiting for dealers to pick them up, and were ruined. Total losses. What’s more, 16 of the cars caught fire when seawater shorted their 12 volt batteries (not their large Lithium-ion traction batteries), then high winds spread the fire to other cars. Several other non-hybrids at the port, including some Toyotas, also caught fire from the same series of events. Still, even though it’s not related to the traction battery, searching for karma fire (no quotes) in Google yields 49 million results.
By Chris Haak
The day that many thought would never occur has happened. The Fisker Karma – a plug-in hybrid luxury-sports car – has begun at Valmet Automotive’s plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland. This means that the first customer deliveries of the Karma should occur in the US and Europe by the end of April.
Fisker’s Karma is an ambitious project. Similar in concept to the Chevrolet Volt, but more expensive, faster, and more stylish, the car boasts a shapely silhouette designed by Henrik Fisker and a 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injection GM-sourced four cylinder, plus an electric motor and sizable battery pack.