You may not recognize the name A123 Systems. The company is a manufacturer and designer of batteries and battery packs for the electric vehicle market. A123 Systems may be best known as the battery manufacturer for the Fisker Karma hybrid.
The outlook is been a bit murky for automaker Fisker for a while. The company has sold a handful of its $100,000 plus plug-in hybrid luxury sport sedans called the Karma so far. However, the company has been plagued with vehicle fires and more recently a scathing review of the Karma from Consumer Reports.
Electric car manufacturer Fisker has hit back at Consumer Reports criticisms, which described the Karma as "plagued with flaws," and simultaneously announced a new round of private equity funding. The firm - now more than $100m better off, thanks to investment from unnamed benefactors - was quick to cite the list of accolades and successes the Karma has achieved so far, taking issue with all but a couple of Consumer Reports' problems with the slinky sedan.
There've been a surprising number of EVs that caught fire recently. The last high-profile fire in an electric vehicle was over the past weekend when a Fisker Karma caught fire in a grocery store parking lot. The exact cause of that fire is still under investigation. It's not only street legal EVs that have caught fire in recent days. A racing electric vehicle caught fire during the annual Pikes Peak Hill climb race in Colorado over the weekend.
Fisker has taken the wraps off of its second hybrid electric car, the Fisker Atlantic, promising a more affordable option for Earth-friendly driving but with the same swoopy style of its Karma sibling. Unveiled at a New York Auto Show preview, in design concept form, the Atlantic is a four-door relying on a BMW-sourced, specially tuned four cylinder gas engine to top up the li-ion batteries driving the electric motors for the wheels.
Last week, we mentioned that some early spy shots of the smaller Fisker plug-in hybrid sibling to the Karma had leaked. At the time, the car was being called the Nina. Official shots of the new Fisker plug-in hybrid have now turned up online, and the car is now being called the Atlantic. The official debut is still set for later this week.
There's a fabulously sharp looking shiny new car out there in the wild this week, and it goes by the name Fisker Nina. This plug-in hybrid vehicle still has few to no details revealed about it, but the absolutely beautiful curves all about it can be seen plainly thanks to a spy who appears to literally be hiding in the bushes to snap some well-placed shots between the leaves.
Electric car company Fisker can't catch a break lately; days after its Karma embarrassingly broke down before Consumer Reports could even begin testing it, a former employee has alleged Fisker knowingly pushed the Karma to market before it was fully baked so as to qualify for US government loans. The decision to begin releasing the Karma to market was made so as to improve Fisker's chances of securing the next stage of its Department of Energy finance, the ex-insider told GigaOm, payouts of which had already been frozen after the green car company failed to meet its agreed milestones.