Fisker Nina Sedan EV is Getting a Turbo-shot of BMW DNA

American automotive start-up Fisker has just inked a deal with BMW that has the German automaker supplying its latest 4-cylinder, turbocharged engines for Fisker’s upcoming Nina “mid-size” sedan, which is expected to be built on a shortened Karma platform and draped in bodywork that echoes the larger car’s style – albeit in bit less “expensive-y” way.  As such, the new Nina would slot in (both size and price-wise) just below Fisker’s sexy, sexy Karma luxo-cruiser – right in the meat, in other words, of the Mercedes-Benz E class‘ territory.

Fisker’s representatives have spoken about a shortened Karma platform vehicle before (most notably, in the case of the Karma Sunset concept car), and it looks like that platform may spawn more than one variant, after all – up to and including a Seriously sporting variant – so the only surprise here is the inclusion of BMW.  I say that because, as you’ll recall, BMW has made some questionable moves in the promotion of its own “doomed to fail” electric car sub-brand … so why do they think Fisker will succeed where they (according to their CEO) cannot?

Maybe BMW don’t care at all, and they just send engines to whoever writes checks that clear?  (that sounds right)

You can check out Fisker’s full press release, below – but it doesn’t mention how (or if) this move will impact Fisker’s range-extender deal with Lotus and/or the continued viability of the Lotus range-extender in projects like the Ethos, if Lotus is now forced to “go it alone”.


Anaheim, CA – Fisker Automotive announced today the signing of an agreement with BMW that will cover the supply of engines and other components for future Fisker models.

BMW will supply a four-cylinder turbocharged engine for the next generation of Fisker cars, code-named ‘Project Nina’, which are scheduled to go into production in the re-commissioned former GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware at the end of 2012 and be on sale globally in 2013.

The agreement calls for up to 100,000 engine units per year at peak volume.

The first ‘Project Nina’ derivative will be a mid-size premium sedan utilizing Fisker’s EVer™ (electric vehicle with extended range) technology to deliver on Fisker’s corporate vision of Uncompromised Responsible Luxury.

Fisker ‘s CEO and Executive Design Director, Henrik Fisker, comments; “The BMW engine was an obvious choice for us, as BMW is known for producing the best and most fuel efficient gasoline engines in the world. We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with BMW.”

Fisker’s Chief Operating Officer, Bernhard Koehler, adds; “This is an important agreement for Fisker. We are focused on building environmentally responsible cars that deliver Pure Driving Passion to our discerning customers. Who better to be a part of this exciting ‘recipe’ than BMW – the makers of the Ultimate Driving Machine?”

Source:  Fisker, via Engadget;  Rendering:  Gas 2.0.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.