Report: Leonardo DiCaprio to help promote Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid

One of the first buyers to get delivery of the new Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sedan was Leonardo DiCaprio, who is actually an equity investor in the company founded by Henrik Fisker.

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According to Roger Ormisher, a Fisker spokesman, DiCaprio will now start promoting the Karma sedan. He said that DiCaprio has previously participated in fundraising for the automaker and declined to say how much the actor has invested into the company.

“As an equity investor in Fisker Automotive, DiCaprio will participate in conversations on the auto manufacturer’s future plans for the advancement of sustainable, responsible vehicles,” the company in a statement. “He’ll work closely with Fisker on marketing and promotional initiatives aimed at bringing attention to sustainability and environmental awareness.”

Fisker has delivered more than 1,000 $103,000 Karma plug-in hybrid units.

Refresher: Power for the Fisker Karma comes from Fisker’s Q-DRIVE system, which is made up of two 201-hp electric-motors that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. That allows the 2010 Karma to travel up to 50 miles without the use of any gasoline. A generator attached to a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec direct injection engine provides an extended range of up to 300 miles. 0 to 60 mph comes in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. The Karma’s battery can be recharged in less than 6 hours using the same 240v household current.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews