Fisker's next move
Henrik Fisker when he was just launching the Karma. The world was enthralled, and the future looked sweet. He said $1 billion wasn't enough for the company. (Photo: Fisker)
- Fisker/BMW: Shoehorn in the proven high-performance plug-in hybrid hardware from the forthcoming BMW i8. Lots of limited-edition supercars use existing BMW or Mercedes hardware, no shame in that.
- Fisker/Volvo: If Geely buys the company, that would open the door to Volvo tech under the hood. The Swedish automaker was working on hybrid drivetrains before Ford came into the picture, and one of those designs could be dusted off. But somehow the words “Volvo” and “supercar” don’t go together all that well, unless you remember the late, lamented P1800.
- Fisker/A123: One other option is reinventing the Fisker along the lines of Tesla’s all-electric Model S. If Wanxiang buys the company, it could supply a larger A123 battery pack to go with a straightforward hi-po electric motor. The drawback is the Karma’s scale-busting weight (now over 5,000 pounds), but the car could be slimmed down without its gas motor.
- Fisker/Tesla: This would require Henrik Fisker to settle his differences with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, which isn't likely. The two fell out over an early design for the Model S. But a very unlikely scenario would see the Fisker becoming some kind of alternative body style for the Model S. (No, forget this one, Elon would never go for it.)
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