Fisker Auto pockets funding for electric Karma
Automaker lands $85 million to develop and manufacture the Karma, a plug-in hybrid luxury sedan due by the end of this year.
Electric-maker Fisker Automotive said on Tuesday it has reached an agreement to receive $85 million for additional development and manufacturing of its plug-in electric luxury sedan.
Investors are Eco-Drive (Capital) Partners, a New York-based consortium, and venture capital company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is an existing investor.
Fisker Automotive's firstwill be the Fisker Karma, a plug-in electric sedan due by the end of this year that will cost $87,900 before tax credits. The company also plans to develop a in the future.
The Karma will be able to go about 50 miles on lithium ion batteries and have a 2-liter gasoline engine that will act as a generator for longer rides. The full range will be 300 miles.
Earlier this year, the Irvine, Calif.-based company said it has set up a network of 30 retailers to distribute the Karma in the U.S.