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Production of the Fisker Karma starts
Production of the Fisker Karma, the first true electric vehicle with an extended range, is to start this month at Valmet Automotive’s Uusikaupunki plant. The first batch of cars will go to importers and retailers, and deliveries to customers in the US and Europe will start in late April. Production will be steadily ramped up, with full output scheduled for the autumn.
The technologically advanced Fisker Karma brings a new class of car to the motoring world, the luxury sports hybrid, and is a particularly exiting project for Valmet Automotive, according the company’s President, Ilpo Korhonen.
The project draws on Valmet Automotive’s 40 years of experience in demanding projects, producing cars for the likes of Saab, Opel, and Porsche, and roof systems for BMW, Renault, Daimler, and Bentley. The company has also been a global pioneer in manufacturing electric vehicles, and produced its first EVs at Uusikaupunki in 2009.
Valmet Automotive is an experienced provider of automotive engineering, vehicle manufacturing, convertible roof systems, and related services – with a focus on premium cars, convertibles, and electric vehicles. The company employs 1,600 people in Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, and the US; and is majority-owned by Metso.
For more on Valmet Automotive, see the company’s Web site.
For more on Metso, see our article.