Fisker FAQ

The Name

Question: Where did the name Karma originate and what does it mean?
Answer: Loosely translated from Hindu, ‘Karma’ implies that if you do good things, good things will happen to you. The Fisker Karma allows consumers to practice good Karma – or, doing the right thing – by driving an environmentally friendly car without sacrificing a lifestyle.

Question: What are the different trim levels that will be offered in the Karma?
Answer: EcoStandard
• Lightweight, animal free execution which redefines and sets the benchmark for responsible luxury
• Certified deep sunken wood from Lake Michigan • Wing wood substrate made with recyclable post consumer pine fiber
• Contrasting surfaces and accent stitching
• Carpet backing made from recycled post consumer PET
• Seating foam made from soy-based bio fiber

• Hand-wrapped, premium leather from 100% sustainable processing plant
• Certified sunken wood from Lake Michigan or fallen wood from California storms
• Carpet backing from recycled post consumer materials
• Seating foam made from soy-based bio fiber

• The most advanced sustainable material trim package available
• 100% Recycled post-industry virgin polyester Premium EcoSuede interior
• EcoSuede interior reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 80% during the recycling process
• Certified rescued wood from California Wildfires
• EcoLucentTM Trim frames fossil leaves in a unique, non-toxic, transparent material made from 40% post-industrial recycled content
• Corn fiber based floor mats with natural flax backing
• Carpet backing from recycled post consumer materials
• Seating foam from soy-based bio fiber content
• Animal free execution which redefines and sets the benchmark for responsible luxury

Question: What is the Fisker Karma?
Answer: The Fisker Karma is the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid car. It is a four-door, four-seat premium sedan (saloon) with a series plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Question: Who designed the Fisker Karma?
Answer: Henrik Fisker, CEO. Mr. Fisker was previously design director for Aston Martin and president and CEO of BMW’s Designworks USA. He is responsible for such cars as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage.

Question: What was the development time behind Karma?
Answer: A concept car was introduced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Twelve months later a production-intent version was unveiled at the same show, along with the Fisker Karma Sunset hardtop convertible concept.

Powertrain / Battery / Hybrid System

Question: Describe the Powertrain of the Karma.
Answer: Dual electric rear motors, rear wheel drive with mid-mounted battery pack and front/mid mounted Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)/Generator combination.
• Electric Drive motors: 2x 150 kWh (403 HP Total)
• The Fisker Karma utilizes a 20 kW/h (200kW peak) Lithium-Ion battery with an
extremely stable Iron Phosphate composition.
• Gasoline Engine: 260 HP Turbocharged 2.0 liter Direct Injection
• Driving Experience: Single Speed Fixed Gear
• Linear opposed to exponential acceleration

Question: What type of fuel economy numbers will be delivered once the battery has lost its charge?
Answer: That will be announced, as we get closer to production. The vehicle will have a combined range of 300 miles; 50 miles on electric only and 250 miles in hybrid mode.

Question: What is Q-DRIVE®?
Answer: Karma’s Q DRIVE configuration consists of an internal combustion engine working in series with a generator and a Lithium-Ion battery pack to power the electric motor that turns the rear wheels. The battery will propel the Karma up to 50 miles a day tailpipe emission-free, provided the car is fully charged. Beyond 50 miles the gasoline engine automatically spins the generator, which provides electricity for the electric motors.

The Karma’s exclusive Q-DRIVE® powertrain was derived from a military stealth vehicle created by Quantum Technologies (QTWW) for the US Army. Quantum is a world leader of state-of-the-art clean propulsion technologies.

Question: Where is the battery located?
Answer: Within the battery tunnel that runs down the center line of the vehicle. This tunnel is a major part of the car’s structural rigidity and the placement contributes to a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

Question:What type of battery will you use?
Answer: The Fisker Karma utilizes a 20 kW/h (200kW peak) Lithium-Ion battery with an extremely stable IronPhosphate composition. Each will be supplied by A123 Systems and they are based in Massachusetts.

Question: What are some specific details of the engine?
Answer: The Fisker Karma gas engine is a 260 HP Turbocharged 2.0 liter Direct Injection. The gas engine is supplied by General Motors.

Question: What is the life cycle of your batteries?
Answer: The expected life of our battery is 10 years or 100,000 miles.

Question: What is the Karma’s emissions CO2 output?
Answer: 83g CO2/km – lower than all currently available hybrids, based on the same formula.

Fuel Savings

Question: What is the fuel economy (MPG, L/100km) rating?
Answer: We have announced the Karma will get about 67mpg (3.5L/100km) in combination city/highway driving, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) J2841 formula for evaluating efficiency of plug-in hybrids. However, based on the US Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average United States driver travels 29 miles per day, making the Karma capable of getting upwards of 100mpg.

Question: How much will it cost a consumer to charge this car?
Answer: About $2 ($0.04/mile) – A full 50 mile charge costs about $1.70 based on a US average electric rate of $0.10/kWh. This varies widely by region, from $0.05/kWh in West Virginia (~$1/charge or $0.02/mi) to $0.30/kWh in Hawaii (~$6/charge or $0.11/mi). Charging a Karma daily will increase the average American’s electricity usage about 25% ($30/month) and reduce gasoline consumption about 70% ($80/month) for a $50/month net savings. The Karma will always maintain a safety charge of 15%.

Fuel Calculator:!/karma/performance/mpg
Fisker Karma Fuel Usage Calculator
Average Mile Driven Per Day 50
Total Daily Fuel Cost $ 1.70
Fuel Cost / Gallon $ 3.15
Monthly Fuel Cost $ 51.00
Power Cost / kWh $ 0.10
Annual Fuel Cost $ 612.00
% Gasoline 0.00%
Daily Gasoline Cost $-
% Electricity 100.00%
Daily Electricity Cost $ 1.70

Question: How will the emissions from charging the car at home compare to those of gasoline?
Answer: Charging at home will result in significantly lower emissions when compared to a traditionally-powered car. How much exactly is dependent on how the power was generated: Nuclear, solar, water, wind, coal or other.

Charging Karma

Performance and Driving Modes
Question: How long will it take to charge Karma each day?
Answer: A full 50 mile charge takes about 6 hours. This charge time is possible with the 220V, 3.3kW wall charger at home. This is about 7 minutes per mile of charge.

Question: What is the expected performance of the Karma’s driving modes?
Answer: Sport Mode combines the power of a Lithium-Ion battery and an internal combustion engine.
• Top Speed 125 mph (200km/h)
• 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds
• Total Range of 250 Miles

All-Electric Stealth Mode exclusively powers the Karma with a Lithium-Ion battery.
• Top Speed 95 mph (153 km/h)
• 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds
• Total Range of 50 Miles

Question: What is the expected MPG for the Karma?
Answer: 67mpg (3.5L/100km) fuel economy through combined city/highway driving average

Solar Roof
Question:What is the purpose of the solar panel on the roof?
Answer: The Karma will have the world’s largest seamless solar glass roof for a production vehicle. Its features include:
• Converts radiated power from the sun into stored electric energy effectively increasing the range
• The solar roof charges the lithium-ion battery to regulate the interior climate control systems
• Custom honeycomb design and color treatment complement every Karma paint option
• Can provide up to 200 miles (321km) of annual emission-free voltaic driving

Diamond Dust Paint
Question: Describe Diamond Dust paint?
Answer: First manufacturer to offer recycled glass flake paint in a production vehicle.
• 35% to 55% recycled glass flake mixture
• 100% recyclable dry powder
• Water-based paint releases zero volatile organic compounds
• Leads the industry in reflectivity, shine and gloss

Interior Woods
Question: Can you describe the interior woods being used inside the Karma?
• Rescued Wood: Certified rescued wood retrieved from the 2007 firestorm in Orange County, CA.
• Sunken Wood: Certified sunken wood sourced from the bottom of Lake Michigan.
• Fallen Wood: Certified fallen wood from California storms.
(See Appendix 1 for Wood availability and Vehicle Configuration)

Question: What is Rescued Wood and where does it come from?
Answer: Old growth Walnut burl trees rescued from Southern California wildfires have been a good source for high end exotic wood veneers. Our wood will be harvested from the Santiago Canyon fire in Orange County and the San Diego County fire of 2007 which burned over 230,000 acres.

Question: What is Sunken Wood and where does it come from?
Answer: This Authentic Wood Product is made from rare and unique “old-growth” timber cut from virgin forest in the 1800’s, a booming era for logging in the area of Georgian Bay, Canada and throughout North America. Such timbers have been preserved underwater where they have rested undisturbed for as much as 160 years after being lost from logging booms.

Interior Leather / EcoSuede

Question: Can you describe the leather used in the Karma?
Answer: Thermal Energy Plant: The world’s first energy self sufficient, closed-loop leather manufacturing plant with both gas and electricity generated on-site from by-products of the leather making process.
• Low Pigmentation
• Chrome Free
• Natural Markings Improved Yield is the Highest in the Industry
• Hides purchased exclusively from suppliers that adopt the Five Freedoms set of principles

(See Appendix 1 for Leather availability and Vehicle Configuration)

Question: Can you describe the Premium EcoSuede used in the Karma?
Answer: Premium Eco-Suede
• 100% recycled post-industry virgin polyester Ultrasuede® reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 80% during the recycling process.
• Ultrasuede® EcoDesignTM products deliver on the promise of excellence through environmental responsibility, inherently beautiful design, and flawless engineering.

Chassis / Space Frame

Question: Can you describe the Karma’s advanced Aluminum Space Frame?
Answer: Lightweight extruded aluminum space frame developed by Norsk Hydro ASA.
• Uses 5000 and 6000 Series lightweight, high-strength aluminum alloys.
• Central structural torque tube connects the front and rear frame sections.
• Connected by 79 meters (259.2 feet) of precision welds and 1,058 self-piercing rivets.

Control Center

Question: Can you explain the benefits of the Karma Control Center?
Answer: Intuitive touch-screen interface controls the Karma’s auto, climate, navigation, audio/infotainment, phone and additional systems.
• Task specific visuals
• Haptic feedback touch/gesture responses
• Vibrant 10.2” Touch-screen
• Contextual application displays
• Environmental visualization options relative to Date/Time/Location
• Quick, intuitive transitions between tasks/modes
• Variable engagement modes accommodate user skill levels


Question: What are the dimensions of the vehicle?
Answer: Overall Length: 196.7 in.(4996 mm)
Overall Width: 78.1 in. (1984 mm)
Overall Height: 52.4 in. (1330 mm)
Front Overhang: 35.9 in. (913 mm)
Rear Overhang: 36.3 in. (923 mm)
Wheelbase: 124.4 in (3160 mm)
Front track: 66.6 in. (1692 mm)
Rear track: 67.0 in (1701 mm)


Question: Does Karma have power steering?
Answer: Hydraulically power-assisted and rack and pinion tuned for optimum control with programmable servo assist feature.


Question: What suspension will Karma use?
Answer: Load-leveling Rear Shock Absorbers Mono-tube absorbers Tuned to control level of roll dampening Flat cornering with little body roll

Wheels and Tires

Question: What are the standard wheels and tires on Karma?
Answer: Custom Fisker designed 22 inch rims 255/35/R22 Front 285/35/R22 Rear Tire Inflator Kit


Question: What Air Bags will the Karma come equipped with?
Answer: Frontal dual advanced restraint system with knee airbags Standard curtain and seat (pelvis/thorax) side airbags

Question: What Brakes will the Karma come equipped with?
Answer: Antilock Brakes (ABS)/Traction Control/ Electronic Stability Control (ESC)/Brembo 6 piston monoblock (front)/ 4 piston (rear)/ 370 mm rotors front/356 mm rotors rear.

Question: What is the Karma’s safety rating?
Answer: The karma is designed to meet or exceed Global Crash Protection Standards (including rollover).

Service and Warranty

Question: How will you sell and service your cars?
Answer: We have established a network of 42 premium retail locations in the US and four European importers. Please visit!/footer/retailers to locate your closest retailer.

Question: What type of warranty and service plan will you provide for the first car and future models?
Answer: New Vehicle Limited Bumper to Bumper Warranty is 50 months or 50,000 miles for U.S. market.

Question: How will maintenance costs for the Karma compare to traditional vehicles and other hybrids?
Answer: We anticipate powertrain maintenance costs to be low since electric motors are simple and reliable and there will be very little load on the gasoline engine. There is also no transmission.

Ordering and Delivery

Question: Are you collecting deposits? How many do you have?
Answer: Customers can place a deposit with their local retailer. You can find your local retailer by visiting the‘Retailer’ tab on We currently have more than 2000 deposits, each fully refundable.

Question: What does the Karma cost?
Answer: We will be announcing firm pricing as we get closer to customer delivery dates, scheduled for Q1 2011. U.S. buyers may be eligible for a $7500 federal tax credit, plus state and local incentives. Other countries are also offering significant tax credits and other benefits to plug-in hybrid buyers.

Question: Will the Karma be a 2010 or 2011 model?
Answer: Karma will be a 2011 model.

Question: When will production and customer deliveries begin?
Answer: Early production demo cars will begin late this year. Series production and customer deliveries are expected begin in Q1 2011.

Corporate Background / History

Question: What is Fisker Automotive?
Answer: Pure Driving Passion . At Fisker Automotive we are creating environmentally conscious premium vehicles with style, passion and performance.

Question: Who founded Fisker Automotive and when?
Answer: Fisker Automotive was founded in August 2007 by Fisker Coachbuild, LLC, an automotive design house, and Quantum Technologies (NASDAQ – QTWW), a major Tier 1 supplier of clean vehicle technologies.

Question: Who makes up the executive management of the company?
Answer: Henrik Fisker is CEO. Fisker was previously head of design and a Member of the Board at Aston Martin where he is credited with designing the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage. He also designed the BMW Z8 while with BMW and was responsible for the Shelby GR-1 concept car at Ford. The Z8 and the DB9 were featured in separate James Bond movies.

Bernhard Koehler is COO and previously led design operations at Ford, Aston Martin and BMW. He collaborated on the DB9 and V8 Vantage concept cars, as well as early prototypes of the new MINI. He spent most of his career in design at BMW.

Additional executive team members include Vic Doolan, Member of the Board (formerly President of BMW NA and Volvo Cars NA); Joseph DaMour, CFO (formerly of GM Asia and Brazil) and Marti Eulberg, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing (formerly CEO, Maserati North America).

Question: Where is Fisker Automotive’s global headquarters?
Answer: Irvine, California – about 50 miles (80km) south of Los Angeles.

Question: Why was Fisker Automotive started?
Answer: Built on principles of uncompromising design, environmental stewardship and tomorrow’s technology today, Fisker will eternally strive to produce an experience that dramatically exceeds our client’s expectations around the world.

Question: What is Fisker Coachbuild?
Answer: Fisker Coachbuild, also founded by Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler, is is the exclusive design house for Fisker Automotive. Staffed by expert auto designers and builders, it is also the builder of the Fisker Tramonto and Fisker Latigo CS coachbuilt sports cars, which have been phased out of production.

Question: What does the Fisker logo represent?
Answer: An American company, the orange and blue represent a California sunset over the Pacific Ocean. The vertical bars represent the designer’s pen (Fisker) and the creator’s tools (Koehler).

Question: What is Fisker Automotive doing to reduce its own impact on the environment?
Answer: Everything we do is with efficiency and the environment in mind. Suppliers are selected in part for their environmental concerns; sales and marketing collateral are distributed electronically whenever possible, minimizing the use of paper. Printed sales collateral uses recycled stock and soy-based inks whenever possible. Display materials, such as those used at auto shows, use a variety of eco-friendly materials: Natural bamboo, recyclable aluminum, and from other eco-friendly products.

Sales and Marketing

Question: What does the Karma cost?
Answer: We will be announcing firm pricing as we get closer to customer delivery dates, scheduled for Q1 2011. U.S. buyers may be eligible for a $7500 federal tax credit, plus state and local incentives. Other countries are also offering significant tax credits and other benefits to plug-in hybrid buyers.


Question: Where will the Karma be built?
Answer: We have partnered with Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland to build the Karma. Valmet also builds the Cayman and Boxster for Porsche.


Question: Did Fisker Automotive receive a government loan?
Answer: In September 2009 the U.S. Department of Energy approved Fisker for a conditional loan of $528.7 million under the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program established by Congress in 2007.

The company must meet strict equity and production milestones in order to draw funds from this loan. Funds from the loan can only be used for products and services rendered in the U.S. No money will be used overseas. The loan is expected to help create or save upto 5,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs.

N1 (Previously Project Nina)

Question: What is the layout? What will it look like? What are the dimensions?
Answer: We will announce details as we get closer to production.

A123 Systems

Question: What is A123 Systems?
Answer: A123 Systems one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-power lithium ion batteries. They are located in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA.