PHOTO CAPTION: First production Fisker Karma at Valmet plant in Finland.

Fisker Delivers First Karma Electric Hybrid

First customer is Fisker Automotive chairman Ray Lane, who is the Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers venture capital firm.

Published: 07-Aug-2011

Anaheim, CA -- Ray Lane, Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (Menlo Park) has added another first to his already impressive list of personal and business achievements.

Mr. Lane serves as the Chairman of the Board of Fisker Automotive, Chairman of Carnegie Mellon University and also Hewlett-Packard Corporation. He also serves as Vice Chairman of Special Olympics International. “But, today I am a true car enthusiast and thrilled to be getting the keys to this spectacular new Fisker Karma,” he said.

The delivery of the Silver Mirage colored 2012 Fisker Karma is one of the initial batch of production cars from Fisker Automotive, an American car company founded in 2007, and committed to producing electric vehicles with extended range – cars that deliver uncompromised responsible luxury to the consumer.

The Fisker Karma is the world’s first premium electric plug-in hybrid and ushers in a new paradigm for environmentally conscious cars and thoughtful owners who care for the environment and have a passion for performance, style and luxury.

Designed by Henrik Fisker, the Karma is assembled in Finland and will be sold in North America through a network of premium brand retailers and globally through luxury importers. The four passenger sedan has a top speed in excess of 125 mph and will accelerate from 0-to-60 in 5.9 seconds. In real world driving – the Karma can achieve the equivalent of 100 MPG.

“To be one of the first to have a Fisker Karma in the World is a uniquely satisfying honor for me. Our country, and our business environment – especially here in the Silicon Valley - has been inspired by those who dream and then commit themselves to making their passion real. Henrik Fisker and his devoted team have done just that— combining my passion for driving and the environment.”

“This is so much more than just another car. The Fisker Karma represents a new era for the automotive industry and I am proud to be driving the dream of all those who have worked so hard to bring this uniquely green and elegant vehicle to market,” Lane concluded.

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Image from 'Pure Driving Passion' photography series features high-heeled model.

A total of 15,000 Karma plug-in hybrids will be built at Valmet production facility in Finland.

Fisker Karma is assembled in Finland.

Company looking to raise between $75-150 million.

Fisker Karma is powered by combination of electric motor and gasoline engine.

Karma has hit the same price range as Tesla’s electric sports car the Roadster.


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