What is MPGe: Electric Car Fuel Economy Ratings Explained

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What is MPGe: Electric Car Fuel Economy Ratings Explained
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Ford recently announced the EPA fuel efficiency rating for its electric Focus model. Since it doesn’t burn any gasoline, the number isn’t in miles per gallon (MPG), but was given as miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, or MPGe. A new term to the automotive lexicon, it’s worth exploring exactly what MPGe means and how an… Continue Reading...

Fisker Battery Supplier A123 Systems Face Financial Obstacles

Fisker Battery Supplier A123 Systems Face Financial Obstacles
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Start-ups are inherently risky and while many bright-eyed visionaries initially display great potential, up to fifty percent of new enterprises run out of money. Unfortunately, Waltham-based A123 Systems Inc. are at risk of becoming a statistic.  Earlier this month, Consumer Reports reported that a brand-new Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with less than 200… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Performed Properly in Consumer Reports Testing, CEO Says

Fisker Karma Performed Properly in Consumer Reports Testing, CEO Says
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The infamous Fisker Karma that shut down during Consumer Reports‘ testing performed exactly as it was meant to, according to Tom LaSorda, the company’s new CEO. Apparently the luxury EV is meant to shut down in the event of a failure to prevent collateral damage that might otherwise result. LaSorda sent a letter to customers apologizing… Continue Reading...

Former Fisker Employee Says Karma Pushed to Market Prematurely

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Former Fisker Employee Says Karma Pushed to Market Prematurely
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UPDATE: The Fisker employee in question was revealed to be a Fisker retailer employee and not someone who would have inside knowledge of the company. Fisker addressed the claim, saying the information divulged by that individual is untrue. The former employee now works with EV maker Coda. The Fisker Karma suffered a struggle-ridden launch, including a fire risk recall and… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Returns To Consumer Reports Fleet

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Fisker Karma Returns To Consumer Reports Fleet
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The Consumer Reports Fisker Karma test vehicle which broke down on them last week has now been returned to the fleet after spending 48 hours at a Fisker dealerhsip. During a routine speedometer test the Karma began to flash a warning light and a chime to alert the driver that something was amiss. Once the… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Flatlines During Consumer Reports Testing – Video

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Well this is just embarrassing. American electric automaker Fisker has had some pretty bad months recently, starting with a recall back in December, to reports of the company running out of funds, that has lead to the delay of Project Nina and then possible reports that the Karma could brick. The automaker was probably hoping some good press would come with… Continue Reading...

Fisker Automotive Lays Off Workers, Renegotiating Government Loan

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Fisker Automotive Lays Off Workers, Renegotiating Government Loan
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Fisker Automotive, an electric car manufacturer based out of Southern California announced that it had laid off employees and contractors at both their headquarters and assembly facility in Wilmington, Delaware as they attempt to renegotiate terms from their $529-million loan from the US Department of Energy. Fisker spokesman, Roger Ormisher, recently told the Associated Press… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma On Display At Harrods In London

Fisker Karma On Display At Harrods In London
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The world’s first luxury electric car, the Fisker Karma, is currently on display at the one of the world’s most famous department stores, Harrods in Knightsbridge, London. The Karma will be on display throughout the busy winter sale period until February 4th, 2012. Those interested in purchasing a Fisker Karma will be connected with international… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Recalled Over Battery Fire Risk Issues

Fisker Karma Recalled Over Battery Fire Risk Issues
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The “potential safety issue” announced by Fisker automotive earlier this week has now become a fully fledged recall. The recall will affect approximately 239 vehicles that were built between July 1st, 2011 through to November 3rd 2011 , says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA). Fisker says that the problem is caused by certain hose clamps connected… Continue Reading...

Fisker Announces Partnership With BMW To Supply Engines

Fisker Announces Partnership With BMW To Supply Engines
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Fisker Automotive has announced a new partnership with BMW that will supply engines and other automotive components for next-gen Fisker vehicles. Fisker is interested in BMW’s new turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the “Project Nina’ mid-size premium sedan. The “Project Nina” sedan will be built at a former GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware by the end of 2012…. Continue Reading...

Fisker Planning Multi-Gear Transmission to Help Karma Deliver “Veyron Pace”

Fisker Planning Multi-Gear Transmission to Help Karma Deliver “Veyron Pace”
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Anyone who has played around with an electric radio-control car knows that power comes instantly and as a result acceleration is pretty rapid. Expand the idea to a full-size vehicle, and the results are certainly thrilling. So far, all fully-electric vehicles have had a drawback, their single-speed gearbox, which tend to neuter the driving experience…. Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Nears Production, Leonardo DiCaprio To Get The Very First One

Fisker Karma Nears Production, Leonardo DiCaprio To Get The Very First One
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The birth of the Fisker Karma has not been easy. The project has seen delays and customers have seen the price go up over the years, before the car even set foot on any showroom floor. However, it now seems that the project is finally well on its way to hit the open road, as… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid Sales To Start In July

Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid Sales To Start In July
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With much of the electric car attention being drawn by the first mass-produced Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt, many have ignored the 2011 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan. Fisker dealers in Los Angeles previously claimed the first deliveries to paying customers would take place in March or April of this year. But the… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma to Make Driving Debut at Laguna Seca Raceway During Monterey Historics

Fisker Karma to Make Driving Debut at Laguna Seca Raceway During Monterey Historics
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Just a year and a half after it was first unveiled as a concept car the Fisker Karma is set to take to the road track during the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. On August 15th, the plug-in hybrid Karma will run two laps of the world-famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca course at 11:10 a.m… Continue Reading...

New Fisker Karma Video Shows It’s a Performance Car Too

New Fisker Karma Video Shows It’s a Performance Car Too
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It’s the Fisker Karma like you’ve never seen it before. This video (no doubt leaked on YouTube to keep up the marketing buzz surrounding the luxury hybrid) shows the Karma sliding through pylons and screeching its tires. Until now all we’ve ever seen are carefully crafted beauty shots and auto show snaps. With just over… Continue Reading...

Fisker Announces North American Dealer Network

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Fisker Announces North American Dealer Network
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Fisker Automotive is a company that continues to prove doubters wrong. Not only did it beat the world’s largest automakers to developing a plug-in hybrid, but now it has secured a dealer network throughout the United States. Fisker recently announced that it has arranged for 32 retailers to sell its vehicles, starting with the Karma… Continue Reading...

Fisker to Show New Concept & Unveil Karma Production Model in Detroit

Fisker to Show New Concept & Unveil Karma Production Model in Detroit
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After unveiling the luxury plug-in hybrid Karma Concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit last year, Fisker is set to show another concept as well as the production version of the Karma. The production Karma S, has been developed with Quantum Technologies and boasts a plug-in Hybrid system that allows drivers… Continue Reading...
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