Founded in 2007 by company namesake Henrik Fisker, Fisker Automotive is an electric vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Anaheim, California.
Although Fisker is one of the newest automakers on the block, its founder and CEO has plenty of experience within the industry. Henrik Fisker has designed some of the world's most iconic cars, including the Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and BMW Z8. In addition to that work, Mr. Fisker also...
produced customized versions of the BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz SL at his previous company, Fisker Coachbuild.
Fisker Automotive's lineup currently consists of just one vehicle - the Karma sedan. Like the Chevrolet Volt, the Karma uses a unique plug-in series hybrid system. The Karma's drive wheels are powered by a pair of electric motors, but a conventional gas engine acts as an on-board generator, giving the Karma a range well beyond the 32 miles provided by its lithium-ion batteries. However, that gas engine is a rather thirsty turbocharged 2.0L sourced from General Motors, resulting in an EPA rating of just 20mpg when the generator is engaged.
But the Karma is more than just a science experiment on wheels - its high-tech powertrain is surrounded by stunning body work and a luxurious interior. Mr. Fisker's time at Aston Martin is clearly evident in the Karma's exterior design, although the car's mustache-like front grille has drawn some criticism. The Karma's interior is lavishly equipped, boasting yards of leather and a 10.2-inch touch screen interface.
Performance is good, too, with the 403 horsepower Karma capable of accelerating from 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 125mph.
Fisker has shown two variants of the Karma sedan - the Sunset hardtop convertible and Surf shooting brake - but has yet to announce production plans for either model.
Fisker has, however, revealed plans for its second model, the less expensive Nina sedan. The Nina will be built at a former General Motors plant in Delaware - the Karma is built by Valmet Automotive in Finland - and will pair its electric motor with a 2.0L engine from BMW. Fisker plans to eventually sell 100,000 units of the Nina per year.