|The EVer (Electric Vehicle extended range) powertrain of the Fisker Karma. Click to enlarge.|
Fisker Automotive published its first business update, announcing that revenues had exceeded $100 million in the first four months of 2012. The company, which began deliveries of the Fisker Karma luxury four-door extended range electric sedan in December 2011, also said that it has delivered 1,000 vehicles to customers in the US and Europe.
In the first few months of 2012, Fisker has continued to raise private equity investment to fund its expansion plans, securing $174 million of additional private financing since the start of the year. The latest funding has lifted the overall financing beyond $1 billion since the start of the company in 2007.
We are encouraged by solid demand for the Karma, our unique extended-range luxury model. Pending completion of investment sourcing, we are poised to press ahead with further market expansion and development of our higher volume model, the Fisker Atlantic.—Tom LaSorda, CEO of Fisker Automotive
|2012 Fisker Karma. Click to enlarge.|
Fisker has also become the first manufacturer to launch vehicles under the Federal Government’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program.
Demand for the Karma has continued internationally. In the Netherlands, the Karma ranked second in volume to the Porsche Panamera in the segment for four-door luxury sedans (of all powertrain types) in the January-April, 2012 period.
Fisker is also expanding into new territories, including the Middle East. Earlier this month, Fisker signed an exclusive agreement with the Al-Futtaim Group, one of the Middle East’s most experienced automotive distributors, to build Fisker’s sales presence in fast-growing markets for performance and luxury cars. Al-Futtaim and its network of experienced retailers will allow Fisker to reach customers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Egypt.
Karma. The Karma features a 20 kWh rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack developed by A123 Systems, offering an ultra-wide State of Charge (SoC) operating window and providing a lifecycle of 10 years or 100,000 miles (160,000 km) under normal use.
Running on the battery alone, the Karma can cover 50 miles (80 km); after that, the range extender—a 2.0L, 260 hp turbocharged four-cylinder w/direct injection front/mid-mounted gasoline engine/generator set—provides another 250 miles of range by supplying supplemental power to the dual rear-mounted 201.5 hp (150 kW) liquid-cooled AC permanent magnet synchronous motors, for a total range of 300 miles (483 km).
The car allows the driver to manually select all-electric or hybrid-electric drive modes on demand. The default Stealth mode maximizes efficiency, giving the car its greatest range on battery power before activating the gas engine-driven generator to sustain battery charge. In Stealth mode, the Karma can accelerate from zero to 60 mph 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 5.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h). Available peak torque is 981 lb-ft (N·m).
The Karma also features a fully-blended regenerative braking system. Using the right-hand steering wheel paddle, the driver can operate Hill Mode to vary regenerative braking effect in three steps; this function provides an effect similar to downshifting a conventional car’s transmission to offer varied levels of speed control. Hill Mode is ideal for downhill grades and can be used to shorten braking distances.
Atlantic. In April, Fisker unveiled its new model, the Atlantic sedan. The Fisker Atlantic design prototype is a luxury four-door sporting sedan that will use the second generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) technology. The standard powertrain will be configured for rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive version will be offered as an option.