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.
Luxury eco car company Fisker has been forced to freeze work on its second vehicle, Project Nina, as well as make a total of 66 redundancies as government loans dry up. Fisker, which began delivering Karma plug-ins back in July 2011, faced renewed US government attention with its launch schedule delays, GigaOm reports, with the Department of Energy suspending a $528.7m loan agreed in 2009 back in May 2011.
If you took a big box of ugly and used it to design a green car, the Sim-Lei is exactly what I would picture the final product coming out as. This has to be the ugliest green car in the world. I don’t get why green car designers make the cars so unattractive so frequently. It’s not like ugly and green have to go together, look at the Tesla Roadster or the Fisker Karma to see green cars that look good too.
Those wild and crazy guys over at Lexus are teasing a new hybrid sport coupe concept car that has a very strange design. I can see little bits of the LFA in the design. The profile of the car reminds me of the Fisker Karma as well. Lexus is offering up no real detail and is taking the chance to say the car will be at the Detroit Auto Show.
This week we're bearing witness to Motorola's newest tablet effort, the ET1, a 7-inch Android device made to fill the enterprise gap left by BlackBerry and the Windows crew, pushing simplicity and ruggedness amongst its qualities. It's got a 1GHz unnamed dual-core processor, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with enhanced enterprise functionality, and a 7-inch capacitive 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display covered with Gorilla Glass. Rare to tablets, this device has a replaceable battery (at 4620 mAh) and will be weighing in at 1.4 pounds. Will this device find its place where Motorola aims it to sit, in the business world, or will it crash under pressure from the consumer market?
Electric cars of the future won't be tame and utilitarian if Fisker's Karma is any indication of what lies ahead. Trying to shake off the hippie image and gain the "cool" factor that appeals to the broader market, electric car manufacturers, including Smart, are pushing for speed. Smart will be debuting a speedy concept car, aptly named Forspeed, at the 2011 International Motor Show in Geneva next month.
My dear readers, please excuse me, I need to argue with a puppet. While I usually save this space for high-minded thinking, like my review of the film "Piranha 3D," or my rant against the evils of Paul Carr, I've been in a back-and-forth argument with a puppet on Twitter, and I'm afraid I just can't win in 140 character bursts. But I will win. I will beat this puppet into submission.