By DANNY KING June 22, 2011
Fisker Automotive tapped Culver City, Calif.-based EV Connect to be the exclusive provider of electric charging equipment for Fisker’s Karma plug-in hybrid electric sports tourer as the Irvine, Calif.-based automaker prepares to start delivering customer models to both U.S. and European dealers this summer.
EV Connect will supply and service charging equipment at 47 North American Fisker dealerships and at the homes or workplaces of car owners, the company said in a statement today. The agreement will help “provide all our customers with a totally seamless experience and this partnership ensures that Fisker drivers across North America will receive the high level of quality service that they expect from the Fisker brand, beginning at the point-of-purchase all the way through to their charging experience at home,” Marti Eulberg, vice president of global sales and marketing at Fisker, said in the statement.
Fisker, which was founded in 2007, in late March said it startedlimited production of its 403-horsepower Karma in Finland and said it expected initial deliveries of the four-door vehicles to reach both U.S. and Europe dealerships by the end of this month. The $96,850 car is driven by a pair of electric motors that use a grid-charged lithium-ion battery pack to deliver up to 50 miles of range before an on-board gasoline engine-generator kicks in to continue sending juice to the motors.
Earlier this month, Fisker said it raised an additional $15 million in private funding to add to a bank account that already has $250 million cash from previous private fundings. The money is in addition to the company’s ability to draw on a $537 million federal loan. Fisker, which recently acquired a shuttered Delaware assembly plant from General Motors, is raising funds to help finance development of a more-affordable line of plug-in hybrids it calls its “Project Nina” cars.
EV Connect late last year began a collaboration with product-safety testing body Underwriters Laboratories (UL) on creating the UL’s first training program for electric-vehicle charging installment professionals. And last August, the California Energy Commission (CEC) kicked off a $1.9-million project in which EV Connect, along with charging station maker Clipper Creek, would upgrade 3,000 EV charging stations throughout the state by the end of 2011.
Danny King: is a frequent contributor to AutoObserver.com.