VP Biden Accidentally Leaks Fisker's New Lineup
October 30, 2009 7:45 AM
comment(s) - last by
(Source: Motor Authority)
The Fisker Karma makes an appearance in California.
Apparently Fisker has several new models planned...
about Fisker Automotive may have been a bit skewed and inaccurate (Fox show hosts tried to claim Fisker was not a U.S. firm -- blatantly wrong), but Fox's latest take of Fisker is not only much more accurate, but also caught a humorous and significant gaff. Apparently Vice President Joe Biden accidentally revealed Fisker's entire upcoming lineup -- including unannounced vehicles that Fisker indicates it wasn't exactly planning to reveal quite yet.
VP Biden tipped Fisker's hand at the official
for Fisker's new Delaware plant, an old GM factory which was shut down and sold through GM's bankruptcy holding. Speaking to reporters,
that Biden said, "I
magine when this factory, when the floor we’re standing on right now is making 100,000 plug-in hybrid sedans, coupes and crossovers every single year.
The only problem was that the coupes and crossovers were supposed to be a surprise announcement for a later date. However, good secrets seldom seem to be able to be kept and the Vice President unwittingly let the cat out of the bag. Interviewed after the announcement, c
ompany founder and CEO Henrik Fisker commented, "[Laughter]
He definitely told what our product plans are."
Aside from the leak, plenty more juicy details were revealed officially in the interview session following the announcements. Fisker revealed that the first vehicles to come from the plant will be the previously announced sedan, which is dubbed Nina. Fisker is targeting a price of
$40,000 for the vehicle after state and federal tax credits are taken into account, similar to the expected sticker for the 2011 Chevy Volt. Production will start in 2012, and the vehicle will recycle the sporty powertrain from Fisker's flagship electric sports sedan, Karma.
Reportedly, the stylings of the Nina, named after the ship Christopher Columbus used in his triumphant return to Europe, are very attractive for a mass-market EV. Government officials were briefed on the design and apparently were impressed, something that helped them reach the decision to grant the company a $528.7M USD DOE loan to buy and retool the shuttered plant.
Describes Mr. Fisker, "
It’s going to have a very exciting radical design.
We actually just showed it to the vice president of the United States of America and he said ‘it looks like a four-door Ferrari, I can’t believe it’s only going to be $40,000.’"
The Karma will begin production next year at
Valmet in Finland
and will be imported into the U.S. and sold for
after tax credits. Then in 2016 a second generation Karma will be launched, and production will shift to the retooled Delaware plant, according to Mr. Fisker. Mr. Fisker confirmed that the first generation Karma will
get 67 mpg
and travel 50 miles in all-electric mode. He says some drivers will be able to reach 100 mpg or more, depending on
how they drive
Mr. Fisker also revealed that the Karma will feature "stealth" and "sport" modes which allow the user to manually switch on or off the gas engine for more performance, something not known to be offered in the Chevy Volt. Even once the battery is depleted, Mr. Fisker states that the gas engine is almost equally efficient at delivering power to the electric motors as the battery system.
A prototype Karma was glimpsed at the
California's Laguna Seca raceway, running laps. That has been the vehicle's only live appearance so far, outside of auto shows. No journalist has yet taken the intriguing electric sports sedan out for a spin -- yet.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Hey Joe, who killd JFK?
10/30/2009 11:04:44 AM
Unlike Dan, Joe has been in politics for 35 years before becoming VP.
Not even close in comparison career-wise.
RE: Hey Joe, who killd JFK?
10/30/2009 11:55:45 AM
I don't think he was comparing their careers. More likely, he was making a reference to the fact that Joe Biden is a moron incapable of speaking without jamming his foot (or feet) in his mouth, much like Dan Quayle did back in the days of Bush Senior.
"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
Tesla Roadster EV Manages Record 313-Mile Trip on a Single Charge
October 28, 2009, 1:10 PM
Fisker Buys Closed GM Plant to Produce New EV, Keeps Plant Unionized
October 27, 2009, 5:00 PM
Fox News Blasts Fisker, Tesla Motors With Inaccurate Claims, Fisker Responds
October 5, 2009, 7:56 AM
Fisker's Karma Plug-in Hybrid Gets 67.2 MPG
September 9, 2009, 9:10 AM
Update: Fisker Karma Hybrid Sedan Set for November 2009 Availability, $87K Entry Fee
December 4, 2008, 2:18 PM
Porsche Macan V6 Diesel Bound for the U.S.
December 17, 2013, 10:36 AM
GM Could Release New EV, Updated Chevrolet Volt in 2016
December 16, 2013, 11:30 AM
Ford Says 70% of its Cars Will Have Start-Stop Tech by 2017
December 16, 2013, 10:57 AM
EPA Says Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Has Hit All-Time High
December 13, 2013, 10:04 AM
Carbon Fiber to Lower BMW i3 Repair, Insurance Costs
December 12, 2013, 2:12 PM
Cadillac ELR is Priced Out of Its League According to Consumer Reports
December 11, 2013, 11:51 AM
Most Popular Articles
Report: Windows 8.2 Revives Start Menu, Runs Metro Apps in Desktop Mode
December 10, 2013, 2:56 PM
Chinese Media Puts Positive Spin on Its Smog Problem, Touts 5 "Benefits"
December 11, 2013, 12:39 PM
China's Lunar Rover Enters Orbit, Prepares for Historic Sat. Landing
December 13, 2013, 5:00 PM
The History of Normandy: How Nokia Plotted a Low-End Android Line
December 11, 2013, 8:12 PM
Metro-Enabled Firefox Browser Expected to Land After Two Years of Work
December 12, 2013, 5:21 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
Is The Period Becoming an Expression of Anger?
Nov 26, 2013, 2:02 PM
NSA and Congress -- You Will Never Kill the Constitution, It's an Idea
Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM
AT&T Explores $100B+ USD Deal to Acquire Vodafone's European Operations
Nov 4, 2013, 7:34 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information