Bad Karma? Henrik Fisker Quits Fisker Automotive


Yes, it is true, Henrik Fisker, the co-founder, executive chairman and designer of Fisker Automotive, the maker of the Karma range-extender hybrid, has officially left the company.

As always with situations such as this, nobody ever gives a good reason for their decisions, and all we're left with are ambiguous lines which don't really tell us anything particularly new.

Mr. Fisker announced his decision through an email, stating that the decision is effective as of today. In it, he just said that there were several major disagreements between himself and the rest of the management on their business strategy.

However, the problem we say goes even deeper. Fisker has not built a single car since July of 2012, due to a battery pack supply issue, and they lost around 300 vehicles in the New Jersey at the hand of Superstorm Sandy – a lot for a manufacturer that had only delivered around 2,000 Karmas through October 2012.

Nevertheless, in spite of this being a rather unpleasant situation, Mr. Fisker's email ended by saying that he was pleased with the level of interest they managed to arouse in their quest for investors, stating that there are already offers which are currently being looked over and analyzed.

Fisker Automotive will most likely not be the same without its most important man, and while the company may get back on its feet and begin making cars again, we say the image will suffer following the departure, which is by no means a good thing if selling expensive green cars is your game.

Fisker Official Statement:

"Fisker Automotive announced today the resignation of its Executive Chairman, Henrik Fisker. The Company recognizes and thanks Mr. Fisker for his service and many contributions as Fisker Automotive has progressed from start-up to a fully-fledged global automotive company."

"Fisker Automotive is proud to have launched the world’s first extended-range luxury electric car, the award-winning Karma sedan. The Company has a strong and experienced management team and its strategy has not changed. Mr. Fisker’s departure is not expected to impact the Company’s pursuit of strategic partnerships and financing to support Fisker Automotive’s continued progress as a pioneer of low-emission hybrid electric powertrain technology."

By Andrei Nedelea

Story References: Fisker, Bloomberg & Washington Post




sabman said... »March 13, 2013

China? Bmw? VW? Renault Nissan?

Any takers?

I personally think this brand has got A LOT of potential!

JohnCarscoop said... »March 13, 2013

Haha, good one. I could see a Chinese brand willing to bring him aboard. I wouldn't mind seeing Fisker heading Subaru's design department.

sabman said... »March 13, 2013

Yep, i mean Henrik still has got some decent design ideas going, perfect for Subaru.
Mercedes owns a bit of Tesla, i think it would only be logical for BMW to jump in. Oh well, only time will tell!

ererere said... »March 13, 2013

When the guy who a company is named after jumps ship thats probably foreshadowing of things to come.......not a good sign

MiralDesai said... »March 13, 2013

Start of the end? Things like this are never good. Chances are that Henrik was looking at the long term future of the company and the board wanted immediate results.

T-Cake said... »March 13, 2013

Me neither, but Subaru and pretty cars? They're like oil and water - and I own one.

Matt Frawley said... »March 13, 2013

Mr Fisker quit to Fisker Automobile. it will destroy Fisker. I can tell you about Apple founder Steve Jobs was original works to Apple in 1980's about it was low tech. he had learned to Mircosoft founder Bill Gates was more inventor of more window. Steve Jobs back to Apple in 1990's. I think Steve Jobs was miracle and lucky in Apple business . bad news for Henrik Fisker have no future business. I think US will dump to Fisker . if will maybe dump Tesla . it is not worth.

Jakob Laursen said... »March 13, 2013

Henrik Fisker may not have his own future business(if it ever were). As a designer he will be headhunted for sure - creator of cars like Bmw Z8 and such.

Trey Reid said... »March 14, 2013

Well there goes another car company down the drain. R.I.P.

Jkim said... »March 15, 2013

Expected. The Karma wasn't well executed to begin with and it feels like a rushed job. They tried to cover up the short comings of the car with cheesy gimmicks, such as the "stealth mode" and those light beams from the starter botton. It feels like they are trying too hard to be cool, but falling short. Not a quality product.

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