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First Fisker Karma EV to KP s Ray Lane

Another $100,000 vehicle

July 26, 2011

do KPCB partner Ray Lane, Al Gore, General Colin and movie idol Leonard have in common?

For one, re first in line to take of the initial production Fisker EVs. (Lane and Gore are Powell and DiCaprio are the likely on the list, although it was difficult to that info. Brook another KP partner, is also on the list of Fisker recipients.)

After a number of delays in the first production model Karma EV was delivered to Kleiner Partner Ray Lane at KPCB HQ In Park this afternoon. serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the of Directors of Fisker Automotive, as as of Hewlett-Packard.

Lane briefed the press corps. Both he and the had that new car smell.

The Fisker is an extended-range luxury electric that seats four. The car is by twin 201-horsepower electric and can provide a range of 300 miles and a top of 125 miles per hour, although you not get both of those things at the time.

The car is a series hybrid, in that similar to the Chevy Volt by GM (NYSE:GM). It has a lithium-ion battery (with battery cells A123 Systems) that the car. The Karma also with a gas generator to recharge the when they get down to a 20 state-of-charge.

The gas engine helps the Fisker and Volt a longer than pure electrics the Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Roadster or Leaf.

The vehicle is designed by Fisker, the hand behind the Aston Martin DB9 and BMW Z8.

With pioneering EV maker at a $2.7 billion market cap and a market reception for the Nissan and Chevy Volt, other EV and investors are eyeing electric as a growth market.

Earlier year, Fisker raised million in new VC funding. Here s a to the most current SEC Form D Investors in Fisker include new New Enterprise Associates and existing like Kleiner Perkins Byers, A123 Systems Ace Investments, Palo Alto Qatar Investment Authority, Equities, and Quantum Fuel The startup has raised more $500 million in venture

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Last January, Fisker $115 million to secure a million loan from the

VentureWire reports that the round was done at a $600 pre-money valuation.

Both the and Chevy Volt qualify for a federal tax credit.


The Karma cost around $95,000 for a model, up from earlier of $80,000. The Nina, a mid-range is slated for 2012 and will around $40,000. Tesla s is due in 2012, as well.

I spoke with KP partner Vassallo, who helped source the from a meeting at an industry EV She emphasized that the Fisker was meant to be a no-compromise vehicle the unique drivetrain being to the driver. The cars will be through a network of 45 existing car dealerships.

Cars are being in Finland to start and production eventually move to factory in

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