Fisker Wants His Luxury Coupe to be First Plug-in Hybrid

Fisker Automotive's vehicle is billed to drive 620 miles, with the first 50 miles coming from a lithium-ion battery that can be charged in a household outlet.

Published: 15-Jan-2008

Henrik Fisker said he expects his new company to be the first to offer a plug-in electric hybrid, the CEO of Fisker Automotive said Monday at the North American International Auto Show.

Fisker unveiled a four-door sports sedan, called the Karma, with a long, sculpted roof Monday, the same day that it announced a multimillion-dollar investment from venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the second round of funding from the firm that counts Al Gore as a partner.

Fisker is pitching a four-door plug-in hybrid, and aims to deliver the $80,000 car by the end of 2009. Fisker is one of several companies with hybrid or electric cars in the works, as niche and mass-market automakers try to alter the image of environmentally friendly vehicles as small and unimpressive.


The Edge crossover concept vehicle could go the first 25 or 30 miles each day on energy from the power grid.

Priced at $24,400 MSPR, the Altima Hybrid has been certified by the Internal Revenue Service as meeting the requirements for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, thereby qualifying for a tax credit of $2,350.

The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car that features advanced hybrid technology - proving stylish design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R and D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.


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