First Fisker Karma in UK gets auctioned for charity

Article by Christian A., on October 14, 2011

A Fisker Karma went to the highest bidder at the charity auction in Camden’s renowned Round House performing arts venue for the price of £140,000 or €159,770 (US$220,680). This is the first Fisker Karma to be sold in the United Kingdom. The Karma, an electric car with expanded range (EVer), was the star lot at the 2011 Pratham UK Gala, selling for an amazing £140,000, more than twice its market value. The proceeds from the sale will go towards financing various programs run by the charitable organization.

The successful bidder’s vehicle will have a special plaque signed by Henrik Fisker, Fisker Automotive's CEO and co-founder.

Pratham UK is an offshore chapter of the children’s charity established in Mumbai by UNICEF in 1994. Its objective is to make sure that every child in India gets the chance to go to school and get an education. Since its creation, the organization has assisted more than 36 million Indian children with its literacy crusade.

The auction produced more than £870,000 or €991,800 (US$1,371,120), which will help finance Pratham programs like "Read India", a program that seeks to boost the reading and fundamental arithmetic skills of children in rural areas.

Intended to echo Fisker’s paradigm of Uncompromised Responsible Luxury, the Fisker Karma is the first American-designed and engineered high-class automobile particularly designed to appeal to international markets. It is the only upscale sedan on earth that satisfies future fuel consumption and emission specifications, making it well suited for any worldwide city.

Considered as a new player in the manufacture of premium green cars, U.S. automaker Fisker Automotive, Inc., recently revealed its first production car with the Fisker Karma. Unveiled during the 2009 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, the Karma is not only the first offering from Fisker but it may well be the first plug-in hybrid premium sports sedan.

Performance is excellent with acceleration from 0 mph to 60 mph in merely 5.8 seconds and maximum speed clocked at 125 mph. In addition to the power and fuel efficiency of 100 mpg, low emissions are guaranteed with the all exclusive Q-DRIVE plug-in hybrid powertrain from Quantum Technologies. This particular system is made up of 2 201-hp electric motors, both of which are powered by the state of the art battery pack with lithium-ion technology.

To ensure that it has extended range capabilities, the generator is linked to the Ecotec direct injection 2.0-liter gasoline engine. It is the use of this clean technology and its combination with the timeless and traditional style of Fisker CEO and auto design expert Henrik Fisker that make this four-seat and four-door offering from the company truly unique.

Deliveries for the Karma are slated to start during the 4th quarter of 2009 and will be available at the company’s very own retail network. Starting price is set at $87,900, though it can go down to $80,400, once the U.S. government tax credits kick in. The company shared that ever since the prototype made its official debut during the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, it has received 1,000 orders for the Karma.

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FIRST FISKER KARMA IN UK AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY

At a glittering charity auction held in Camden’s famous Round House performing arts venue, a bidder paid £140,000 (€159,770 / $220,680 US dollars) for the very first Fisker Karma to be offered for sale in the United Kingdom.

The Karma, an electric vehicle with extended range (EVer™), was the star lot at the 2011 Pratham UK Gala, selling for a staggering £140,000, over double its market value. All of the proceeds from the sale will go towards funding the various programs run by the charitable organisation.

The winning bidder’s car will feature a unique plaque signed by CEO and Co-Founder of Fisker Automotive, Henrik Fisker.

Pratham UK is an overseas chapter of the children’s charity founded in Mumbai by UNICEF in 1994. Its mission is to ensure that every child in India has the opportunity to attend school and receive an education. Since its inception, the organisation has helped over 36 million Indian children with its literacy campaign.

The auction event raised a total of over £870,000 (€991,800 / $1,371,120 US dollars, which will help fund Pratham programs such as ‘Read India’, an initiative that aims to improve the reading and basic arithmetic skills of children in rural areas.

Designed to reflect Fisker’s paradigm of Uncompromised Responsible Luxury™, the Fisker Karma is the first American-designed and engineered luxury vehicle specifically developed to appeal to world markets. It is the only luxury sedan in the world that meets future fuel consumption and emission requirements, making it suitable for any international city.

Uniquely, the Fisker Karma can run in one of two drive modes: Stealth and Sport. Stealth Mode maximizes efficiency, giving the car its greatest range on battery power before activating the gasoline engine-driven generator to sustain battery charge. In Stealth Mode, the Karma can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 95 mph (153 km/h). With Sport Mode engaged, the gasoline engine drives the generator to provide enough electricity for 403 total system horsepower, allowing the Karma to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).

In all aspects of performance, the Fisker Karma is designed to be a true driver’s car. Its proprietary, advanced aluminum space frame incorporates new levels of rigidity and strength that give the Karma world-class ride and handling characteristics. Fisker Automotive’s engineering team designed the Karma’s space frame around the car’s unique powertrain, filing for multiple patents in the process. Benefitting from four-wheel independent SLA (double-wishbone) suspension that also employs aluminum components, the Karma has been specifically tuned to run on standard 22-inch aluminum wheels, a first for a production car.

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