Fisker’s Karma to be powered by Canadian battery system

There’s a reason why Vancouver-based Advanced Lithium Power Inc. has a message on the home page of its Web site that reads, “ALP is expanding! Click here for career opportunities.”

As you’ll read in this Los Angeles Times blog entry, Fisker Automotive of Irvine, Calif., is using lithium-ion battery packs from Advanced Lithium to power its highly anticipated Karma plug-in hybrid. The Karma, at a cost of about $88,000 (U.S.), has Tesla-like looks but costs about $20,000 less. That’s partly because, as a hybrid (that is, like the GM Volt is has a gas-powered range extender that’s used to charge the battery while driving), its battery pack is less than half the size of the Tesla pack. First deliveries of the Karma are expected in spring 2010. About 1,300 have already been preordered.

Fisker, according to the LA Times piece, will make a “sizable” cash investment in Advanced Lithium and will get two seats on the Canadian company’s board.

4 thoughts on “Fisker’s Karma to be powered by Canadian battery system”

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  2. Take a look at who owns Fisker and who provides the company with technology. At the very top of this complex web is another Canadian! We do great things, but sometimes we have to move to California to do them. Fisker rocks, eh? And ALP, just the beginning. Let’s hope the new Green Energy Act and related funds will spur Ontario to build a world-class renewable energy business.

  3. The political lobbying power of the traditional energy industry has got to be set aside for the greater good. The rhetoric of the past few years needs to be turned into investment via the Green Energy Act etc.

  4. This is a great step forward in producing a great looking hybrid car and great opportunities for employment with a company involved in the environmentally friendly industry.

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