Editor’s Note: EarthTechling, always looking to forward the cleantech revolution discussion, is proud to present this article via a cross post from partner Green Car Reports. Author credit goes to John Voelcker.
With the 2012 Fisker Karma now, finally, arriving in volume at dealerships, Fisker Automotive should finally begin to record some retail sales this month.
Still, we’re not sure that raising your prices right as your first customers return to their dealers to take delivery is particularly gracious.
Fisker Automotive confirmed to Fox News last night that it will increase the price of the 2012 Karma by 6 percent two days from now, on Thursday, Dec 15.
The base-level EcoStandard model will now sticker at $102,000–up from the $95,900 price announced a year ago–and the high-end EcoChic model will cost $10,000 more, at $116,000.
Fear not, though: If you’re one of the Fisker faithful who’s already put down a $5,000 deposit on a Karma luxury sport sedan, you’ll have an additional month to pay up. Depositors must decide by January 15 whether to place a firm order at the lower price.
About two years late in making it to market, the range-extended electric Fisker Karma sport sedan was first priced in 2008 at a bottom line of $80,000. Quite soon thereafter, the price of the car rose to $87,900 and stayed there for two years.
Like the Chevrolet Volt, the Fisker Karma is propelled solely by electricity but contains a gasoline engine that switches on to generate current. In the 2012 Karma, the engine provides power both when the lithium-ion battery pack is depleted and to give better performance when the car is operating in the higher-performance Sport Mode.
A pair of 150-kilowatt (200-horsepower) electric traction motors power the Karma’s rear wheels, and its 22-kilowatt-hour battery pack is located in the central tunnel of the low, sleek four-door sedan.
Was this the wrong time for Fisker to raise prices? Or won’t it matter to the well-heeled early adopters who are likely its core audience for the 2012 Karma?