Fisker Automotive has been going through a lot of changing since it was founded in August 2007 by Henrik Fisker. At the 2009 LA Auto Show, Fisker outlined those changes during a press conference and one point that stood out the most is that the deliveries of company’s Karma plug-in hybrid sedan have been delayed. Originally, Fisker had planned to start shipping the Karma in the fourth-quarter of 2009.
The Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid will now be shipped during the third-quarter of 2010, still less than 36 months after the concept first debuted at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show (and probably still earlier than the Chevrolet Volt).
Fisker is also planning a family-oriented plug-in hybrid for 2012, internally known as Project Nina. The model is expected to create more than 5,000 U.S. jobs.
Hit the jump for the press release that outlines more developments about Fisker Automotive.
2010 Fisker Karma:
FISKER RECAPS FIRST TWO YEARS, ANNOUNCES KARMA PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
In little more than two years Fisker Automotive has established itself as a force in the automotive industry.
Significant investments from major venture capital firms, a half-billion dollar conditional loan from the U.S. government and the establishment of a global network of independent retailers highlight the new American automaker”s rapid growth. Since its founding in August 2007 Fisker Automotive has:
- Assembled a team of forward-looking auto industry veterans with more than 200 years of collective experience
- Introduced the world’s first premium plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, the Fisker Karma Established global headquarters in Irvine, California and a first-class engineering facility in Pontiac, Michigan
- Appointed a network of 42 independent U.S. retailers and three European distributors with proven track records in customer satisfaction (visit www.fiskerautomotive.com for list);
- Partnered with Tier 1 automotive suppliers
- Applied for more than 50 patents Been awarded a $528.7 million U.S. Department of Energy conditional loan
- Announced Project Nina, the development of an affordable, family-oriented plug-in hybrid for 2012 that will ultimately create more than 5,000 U.S. jobs
- Signed a letter of intent to purchase an assembly plant in Wilmington, Delaware
- Secured more than 1,500 customer deposits;
- Been featured on the cover of the June 8, 2009 issue of Forbes magazine as “The Next Detroit.”
In third quarter 2010 Fisker Automotive will begin delivering Karma plug-in hybrids to appointed retailers and distributors worldwide, less than 36 months after the concept car first appeared at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2008.
– By: Omar Rana