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Fisker is back, planning world-changing EVs

A lapsed electric vehicle pioneer is back, and potentially in a big way. Henrik Fisker, whose eponymous electric car the Fisker Karma range-extender (pictured) sedan made waves a few years ago, has announced a decision to relaunch. Fisker Inc...

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Karma Revero 'revealed': Fisker-based plug-in to debut in September - video
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Karma Revero 'revealed': Fisker-based plug-in to debut in September - video

The 2017 Karma Revero has been revealed online, equipped with a solar roof that the company says can “create enough energy to power the car”. Known as Fisker Automotive in its troubled former life, Karma Automotive’s new model is largely identical to its donor, the original but still fresh-looking Fisker Karma - a car that that first debuted at the 2008 Detroit motor show...


Karma planning Chinese factory for 50,000 cars per year - reports
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Karma planning Chinese factory for 50,000 cars per year - reports

The Chinese company behind the Karma Automotive is planning to build a new factory with the capacity to churn out 50,000 vehicles per annum. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are both reporting that the Wanxiang Group has filed an application for an environmental impact review for a new factory in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, around 170km south-west of Shanghai...


Q and A with Henrik Fisker: The story behind America's newest car brand
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Q and A with Henrik Fisker: The story behind America's newest car brand

Henrik Fisker is an automotive veteran with what you could only call an eclectic back catalog. The Dane is many things to many people. Brash, bold, a man with contrasting visions...  Ten minutes with him is enough to understand why. For those late to the party, Fisker designed poster-worthy cars such as the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9, and then went out on his own and started an eponymous electric car brand during the infancy of Tesla...


Fisker Karma to be rebranded Elux Karma, delayed until 2016 - report
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Fisker Karma to be rebranded Elux Karma, delayed until 2016 - report

The Chinese company that bought Fisker out of bankruptcy is reportedly planning on rebranding its flagship vehicle as the Elux Karma. According to a Reuters report, Wanxiang is planning to ditch the Fisker name in favour of a new brand, Elux. This move will see the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma sedan rebadged as the Elux Karma...


New Fisker owner prepared to go broke attempting to make company a success
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New Fisker owner prepared to go broke attempting to make company a success

The billionaire who rescued once-bankrupt plug-in hybrid car maker Fisker says he’s prepared to go broke attempting to make the company a success. Chairman and founder of China’s Wanxiang Group Corp., Lu Guanqui, told Bloomberg he was determined to see The New Fisker build cars in the US and China and sell them around the world after purchasing the company for US$149...


Fisker Automotive files for bankruptcy
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Fisker Automotive files for bankruptcy

Fisker Automotive has officially filed for bankruptcy on the back of the Californian car maker's sale to investment group Hybrid Technology. After several attempts to rescue the company, Fisker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday afternoon, with Hybrid Tech Holdings stepping in to purchase its debts...


Tesla CEO Elon Musk denies recall needed following Model S fires
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk denies recall needed following Model S fires

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there “definitely won’t be a recall” of its Model S electric vehicle, despite a report that a third car has caught fire. Musk denied allegations the Tesla Model S was facing similar problems as the Fisker Karma hybrid car. “We’re about five times less likely to have a fire than an average gasoline car,” Musk told a conference in New York...


Bathurst goes digital for Gran Turismo 6
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Bathurst goes digital for Gran Turismo 6

Mount Panorama will be included in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 video game, for the first time in the franchise’s 15-year history. The Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, Bathurst, to give the track its full name, will be one of “the most demanding and mentally challenging” tracks on offer in Gran Turismo 6...


Fisker loan up for sale after missed payments
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Fisker loan up for sale after missed payments

The US Department of Energy is trying to unload repayments of the loan it granted electric car maker Fisker Automotive following the company's failure to repay federal loans of US$168 million ($178 million). Fisker won a US$528 million ($559 million) loan from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles manufacturing loan program in 2009, of which only $192 million ($203 million) had been drawn down before it started defaulting on payments...


Fisker Automotive sued over mass dismissals
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Fisker Automotive sued over mass dismissals

Luxury plug-in hybrid car company Fisker Automotive is facing a US lawsuit after laying off 160 workers at the end of last week. Industry journal Automotive News reports that a federal lawsuit has been filed against Fisker, accusing the company of breaking a US federal law requiring employers to give employees advanced notice of mass layoffs...


Fisker co-founder walks out on company
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Fisker co-founder walks out on company

The executive chairman and co-founder of Fisker Automotive, Henrik Fisker, has walked out on the embattled electric car maker following "several major disagreements" with the company's management board. Danish-born Fisker (above), who founded the plug-in hybrid business with Bernhard Koehler in 2007, confirmed his departure in a statement sent to UK publication Autocar...


Hurricane Sandy: Fisker investigates report of multiple fire-damaged cars
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Hurricane Sandy: Fisker investigates report of multiple fire-damaged cars

In a bad week for many in the US, Fisker Automotive is dealing with reports that roughly 16 of its $100,000-odd Fisker Karma range-extender hybrid vehicles caught fire while parked in a port in New Jersey after being submerged when Hurricane Sandy hit the area. Fisker Automotive is investigating the event that was first reported by automotive enthusiast website Jalopnik on Tuesday...


Fisker Karma: car maker says battery not to blame for second fire
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Fisker Karma: car maker says battery not to blame for second fire

Concern over the safety of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports car has intensified following another unexplained spontaneous combustion episode in the US. A new Karma caught fire in the car park of a shopping centre in Woodside, California on Friday, just three months after another vehicle burst into flames in a garage in Texas in an incident that is still being investigated by Fisker, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and insurance company experts...


New lithium-ion technology to increase range, decrease cost of EVs
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New lithium-ion technology to increase range, decrease cost of EVs

The supplier of lithium-ion batteries to BMW, General Motors and Fisker has developed new cell technology that could extend the range and cut the price of electric vehicles from as early as next year. A123 Systems CEO David Vieau told Bloomberg production of the new ‘nanophosphate EXT’ cells, which operate more efficiently and offer a more stable full-charge range in extreme hot and cold weather conditions, would begin in 2013...


Fisker Atlantic: the new electric BMW 3-Series rival
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Fisker Atlantic: the new electric BMW 3-Series rival

The Fisker Atlantic has been unveiled at the 2012 New York motor show as the ambitious electric-car maker counters some negative publicity regarding its first model, the Karma. It’s still not easy being a start-up car manufacturer—particularly one in the field of alternative fuel...


Fisker Karma battery supplier A123 could struggle to fund recall: report
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Fisker Karma battery supplier A123 could struggle to fund recall: report

There are concerns the manufacturer who supplied defective battery packs for the Fisker Karma may not have the money to finance the vehicle’s recall. Deutsche Bank analyst Dan Galves says the estimated $55 million required by Massachusetts-based A123 Systems Inc. to fund the recall will have a “severe impact” on its cash reserves...


Fisker Karma breaks down during Consumer Reports test
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Fisker Karma breaks down during Consumer Reports test

US publication Consumer Reports, which tests all kinds of retail products from cars to toasters, found itself without wheels this week when its Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid test car died during speedometer calibration testing. Consumer Reports is unique in that it purchases all test products at retail level, as was the case with the Fisker Karma it was evaluating...


Fisker Karma: Review
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Fisker Karma: Review

An exceptional car of the future for the here and now, the Fisker Karma is an outstanding achievement.


Fisker Karma gets 4.5L/100km EPA rating
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Fisker Karma gets 4.5L/100km EPA rating

The sporty and elegant Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is finally on sale in the US, and the EPA has given it an official fuel consumption rating of 4.5L/100km. The Fisker Karma is also capable of being driven under electric power alone for 52km. It's been a fairly long birth for the Fisker Karma, but it's finally on the market in the US...