Fisker saloon on course for 2009 as Tesla lawsuit fails
3 November 2008

Fisker Automotive has been cleared of any wrongdoing after Tesla Motors tried to sue the firm for allegedly stealing its technology.

Tesla claimed that Fisker copied its hybrid technology to develop a petrol-electric model of its own – a saloon called the Karma.

The lawsuit went to an arbitrator in June who has now found “overwhelming evidence” that “Fisker did nothing wrong.”

Both Californian firms collaborated to work on the Tesla Model S saloon. Fisker was originally sub-contracted to come up with the 2011 electric saloon’s design and interior.

Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive, said: “Tesla’s assertions of violation were baseless and neither brought nor pursued in good faith.” “We’re very pleased. Despite the burden and cost of Tesla’s lawsuit we’ve been able to keep on schedule, the Karma sedan will go on sale in 2009.”

Darryl Siry, Tesla’s spokerperson, told reporters his company “disagreed with the ruling.”

Tesla Motors has been forced to lay-off staff in recent months because of the credit crunch.

Today it announced new funding to the tune of $40 million, which it says will be used to speed up production of the Roadster and develop new models.

Tesla has already been forced to postpone its Model S saloon until 2011 – two years after the Fisker Karma is due to go on sale.

Join the debate


3 November 2008

Good news - we need as many as possible entrepeneurs and companies like Fisker to come up with viable solutions for future transport. If the Fisker web-site can be believed, and I have no reason not to believe it, this car should be a winner technically and it is, without doubt, a stunning looker. I hope they stay on track for their proposed launch in 2009, it will be interesting to read the first driving impressions in due course.

Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

4 April 2014
Well with me i would choose modern version of the classic Saab 92.


ts converter

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring