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February 18, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
The car: Fisker Karma The power: 403 total horsepower coming from two 201.5-horsepower (150 kW) AC motors, mounted just above the rear wheels. Torque is in the neighborhood of monstrous, with 981 pound-feet available at 0 RPM. That figure sounds like enough to collapse a lung from the driver's seat, but consider this car weighs 5,300 pounds, or about as much as a Chevy Tahoe SUV. The photos: Fisker Karma The speed: 0-60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds in Sport mode using the gas engine to power the generator, battery and electric motors, or 7.5 seconds in purely electric mode.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Lil Twist was a lil' twisted early Thursday behind the wheel of Justin Bieber's chrome Fisker Karma - that according to the L.A. County Sheriff's deputies who arrested him around 3:30 a.m. on suspicion of DUI. The aspiring rapper and Biebs BFF - real name Christopher Lynn Moore - was allegedly going 70 mph in a construction zone, L.A. Now reported, and ran a red light on a street leading to the gated Calabasas community where the pop star lives...
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BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range once the car's battery charge runs out. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A member of Justin Bieber's entourage was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies early Thursday morning in Calabasas on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said. Christopher Moore, 20, an aspiring rapper known as Lil Twist, was pulled over at 3:26 a.m. while driving the 2012 chrome Fisker Karma registered to the pop star, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Moore was driving nearly 70 mph and ran a red light near the intersection of Parkway Calabasas and Camino Portal, a street leading to the gated community where Bieber lives.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber will have to take their megabucks cars back to the shop after luxury hybrid maker Fisker Automotive announced a recall. The celebrities are among the high-profile drivers of Fisker's $100,000 Karma, a speed demon of a car that turns out to be burning more than rubber. Fisker is recalling all 2,000 of the just introduced plug-in hybrids because a small cooling fan caused a fire in a Karma in a Woodside, Calif., parking lot. No one was hurt in the incident.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Justin Bieber turned 18 on Thursday and to celebrate, his manager surprised him with a Fisker Karma -- a $100,000 electric car whose sporty physique belies its eco-friendliness. Bieber's manager, Scott Braun, presented the Canadian pop star with the car on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show ," of all places. "We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you're on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly," Braun said as DeGeneres beamed in the background.
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Chevrolet's Volt topped the Sierra Club's list of plug-in hybrids in the environmental organization's annual Electric Vehicle Guide . At a price falling mid-range in the list of six EVs reviewed, the Volt takes drivers 38 electric-only miles before its gasoline engine kicks in. That results in a miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) of 98 on the Environmental Protection Agency's scale. In total, Volt owners get a range of 380 miles at an annual fuel cost of $950. (The estimate uses average $0.12 per kilowatt-hour and $3.61 for regular gas - quite a bit lower than the typical cost of gasoline in California.)
BUSINESS
September 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Electric car advocates say one reason for the slow adoption of the vehicles is that not enough people have tried them out. They note that EVs are quiet and have a lot of zip at city speeds.  In other words, the cars do better going from zero to 30 mph than they do from 30 to 60. People can test drive the latest generation of electric cars at the Automobile Driving Museum near Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 23. The event is organized by Plug In America, a nonprofit that advocates the use of rechargeable cars, and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 610 Lairport St., El Segundo.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Lil Twist was a lil' twisted early Thursday behind the wheel of Justin Bieber's chrome Fisker Karma - that according to the L.A. County Sheriff's deputies who arrested him around 3:30 a.m. on suspicion of DUI. The aspiring rapper and Biebs BFF - real name Christopher Lynn Moore - was allegedly going 70 mph in a construction zone, L.A. Now reported, and ran a red light on a street leading to the gated Calabasas community where the pop star lives...
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Chevrolet's Volt topped the Sierra Club's list of plug-in hybrids in the environmental organization's annual Electric Vehicle Guide . At a price falling mid-range in the list of six EVs reviewed, the Volt takes drivers 38 electric-only miles before its gasoline engine kicks in. That results in a miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) of 98 on the Environmental Protection Agency's scale. In total, Volt owners get a range of 380 miles at an annual fuel cost of $950. (The estimate uses average $0.12 per kilowatt-hour and $3.61 for regular gas - quite a bit lower than the typical cost of gasoline in California.)
AUTOS
April 5, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Struggling carmaker Fisker Automotive laid off 160 employees, most of its staff, Friday as it struggles to reach a financing deal that would save the maker of the Karma hybrid sports car. The Anaheim company dismissed all but a core group of about 40 workers needed to keep the business running as it continues talks with three Chinese businesses considering buying or investing in Fisker, according to individuals familiar with Fisker's strategy....
AUTOS
April 5, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Stymied by unsuccessful efforts to craft a deal with Chinese investors to save the company, struggling carmaker Fisker Automotive laid off most of its workers Friday. Analysts said the move, combined with retaining a bankruptcy law firm last month, likely signals the death of the Anaheim company, which was founded by auto designer Henrik Fisker in 2007 with high hopes of selling highly styled hybrid sports cars and sedans. That could leave the federal government essentially owning the automaker.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would allow self-driving cars on California's roads. Brown signed the bill Tuesday at a ceremony at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  “We are looking at science fiction becoming reality in a self-driving car,” Brown said. Tech giant GoogleInc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range once the car's battery charge runs out. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A member of Justin Bieber's entourage was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies early Thursday morning in Calabasas on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said. Christopher Moore, 20, an aspiring rapper known as Lil Twist, was pulled over at 3:26 a.m. while driving the 2012 chrome Fisker Karma registered to the pop star, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Moore was driving nearly 70 mph and ran a red light near the intersection of Parkway Calabasas and Camino Portal, a street leading to the gated community where Bieber lives.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would allow self-driving cars on California's roads. Brown signed the bill Tuesday at a ceremony at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  “We are looking at science fiction becoming reality in a self-driving car,” Brown said. Tech giant GoogleInc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Electric car advocates say one reason for the slow adoption of the vehicles is that not enough people have tried them out. They note that EVs are quiet and have a lot of zip at city speeds.  In other words, the cars do better going from zero to 30 mph than they do from 30 to 60. People can test drive the latest generation of electric cars at the Automobile Driving Museum near Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 23. The event is organized by Plug In America, a nonprofit that advocates the use of rechargeable cars, and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 610 Lairport St., El Segundo.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber will have to take their megabucks cars back to the shop after luxury hybrid maker Fisker Automotive announced a recall. The celebrities are among the high-profile drivers of Fisker's $100,000 Karma, a speed demon of a car that turns out to be burning more than rubber. Fisker is recalling all 2,000 of the just introduced plug-in hybrids because a small cooling fan caused a fire in a Karma in a Woodside, Calif., parking lot. No one was hurt in the incident.
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