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Conflicting reports... is it DiCaprio or Ray Lane?
US: Fisker to deliver first production Karma on 26 July
Monday, July 25, 2011, AutomotiveWorld.com
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Ray Lane, chairman of Fisker Automotive and of its investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, will be given the keys to its first production car on 26 July.
The Fisker Karma is the world's first luxury extended range EV or EREV, powered by twin 201hp electric motors that can be augmented by a gasoline-fuelled on-board generator, and capable of delivering over 300 miles of range and a top speed of 125mph. Designed by Henrik Fisker and assembled by Valmet Automotive in Finland, the Signature Series Fisker Karma will be delivered to Ray Lane at the Kleiner Perkins HQ in Menlo Park, California.
Published on Monday, July 25, 2011
First Fisker production cars roll off lines
Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:31pm EDT
* Fisker backer Leonardo di Caprio gets first model
* Vehicles start at $95,900
By Sarah McBride and Poornima Gupta
SAN FRANCISCO, July 26 (Reuters) - Fisker Automotive has started doling out its long-anticipated extended-range electric cars -- and chairman of the board Ray Lane wasn't the first to get one.
That car went to actor Leonardo di Caprio, who also is a Fisker investor. He wasn't showing off his new car to reporters on Tuesday, but Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers managing partner Ray Lane was.
Lane espoused the Fisker Karma's virtues as the media circled the sedan, tucked away in the back area of Kleiner's Sand Hill Road parking lot. The firm is a major Fisker investor.
Fisker Karmas, plug-in hybrid vehicles that have missed several launch dates, have been highly anticipated by the environmentally friendly and well-heeled car buyers who form their target market.
Another alternative fuel car, the all-electric Roadster, made by Silicon Valley-based Tesla Motors (TSLA.O), went into production in 2008. Lane said the Karmas would appeal to a different set of carbuyers who wanted backup from a gas engine.
Last year, Fisker closed on a $529 million loan from a Department of Energy program to spur the development of alternative vehicles. Tesla and Nissan are among the other companies to win similar loans.
Lane said he would be putting aside his regular commuting vehicle, a Porsche, in favor of the Karma. (Reporting by Sarah McBride and Poornima Gupta; editing by Carol Bishopric)