Green automaker signs up 32 retailers

Fisker Automotive announced today that it has signed up its first group of 32 U.S. retailers in 17 states.

Premium green automaker Fisker Automotive announced today that it has signed up its first group of 32 U.S. retailers to market and service its luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles, beginning with the $87,900, 100mpg Karma sedan later this year.

Thirty-two retailers located in 17 states--Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and one Canadian Province, British Columbia--have confirmed their intent to carry the Fisker marquee. The carmaker hopes to have 40 locations across the country by the end of June 2009.

By keeping start-up costs low and not requiring floor-planning beyond demonstrator and display cars, Fisker is able to attract new franchises even in tough economic times. Fisker showrooms "will be Eco-facilities, not Ego-facilities," Fisker Board member Vic Doolan said in a press release.

The showroom architecture calls for natural and sustainable materials like wood and textiles. An available solar-powered car port can keep demonstrator vehicles clean, dry, fully charged, and ready to go.

(Source: Karma by Fisker Automotive)

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