The production volume for Fisker Automotive’s second line of hybrids won’t enter a high level in Delaware until the middle of 2013, according to company executives. Headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., Fisker had recently gotten regulatory clearance for the sale of its $100,000 Karma sedan. Fisker had also announced a plan to assemble the Nina, its second line, at a Newport-area plant.
Plans for the prototypes are expected next year. Fisker has been saying that it will keep its 2,500 workers in Delaware, which include contractors and suppliers.
According to Chief Operating Officer Bernhard Koehler, its estimate for the employment target, a condition of its $21.5 million incentive package from the state, is a “conservative” one. Presently, Fisker has over 120 workers, including contractors, in the plant. Additional electrical and mechanical personnel will be hired to restore equipment that General Motors, the previous owner, had left behind.
Fisker is expecting its Nina production to reach 100,000 units. However, the timeline has not been revealed. Analysts think that this goal may be too high but CEO Henrik Fisker dismissed their concerns, saying it has to be looked at from a different perspective. Fisker noted that the Karma, which could be powered by gas and an electric battery, is unique in the market.
He said that the company has defied the analysts at least two times now. Fisker executives had been in Washington and had met with the U.S. Department of Energy, which gave the company the $529 million loan.
These executives brought three Karmas with them for test drives. The first batch of Karmas is set to be delivered to its U.S. dealerships, one of which is the Union Park Automotive in Wilmington.
Fisker Automotive, Inc., launched its first production car: the 2010 Fisker Karma. The launch was held at the North American International Auto Show 2009 in Detroit.
Prices for the Karma start at $87,900, which you can get down to $80,400 if you apply for tax credits from the US government. Since the debut of the Karma’s prototype was unveiled in the 2008 NAIAS, 1,000 orders were already received. The first Fisker Karmas are set to be delivered in the last quarter of 2009 via the Fisker Automotive Retail network.
The four-seat, four-door Fisker Karma features traditional styling of veteran auto designer Henrik Fisker, who is also Fisker Automotive CEO. It also uses Quantum Technologies' Q-DRIVE plug-in hybrid powertrain, making it the world's first plug-in hybrid luxury car.
Available only in Fisker Automotive vehicles, Q-DRIVE gives you the best mix of efficiency, low emissions and power. It has a pair of 201hp electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries. For more range, you have a generator that fuels the 260hp turbocharged Ecotec direct injection gasoline engine.
Quantum Technologies CEO Alan Niedzwiecki explains that at least 60% of the 200 million drivers in the United States drive less than 50 miles a day, and because of that, you can use Q-Drive without having to spend anything on gas. All future Fisker vehicles will be using this powertrain.
Fisker Karma has a top speed of 125 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds. This makes the Karma the first premium hybrid sports car. The Karma has a low center of gravity and has a performance-focused A-arm suspension system for a great driving experience. You also get wide and tall tires for impressive lateral grip and electro hydraulic disc brakes for unparalleled braking power.