Fisker Karma will sport large solar roof

fisker-solar-roof1Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has received a $9.4 million production release for the first production series of solar roofs for the Fisker Karma. Under the release, Quantum, with affiliate Asola of Germany, will initiate volume production of the solar roofs for the Fisker Karma in early 2011.

According to Quantum, the Fisker Karma roof will be the largest continuous and most highly curved solar roof in a passenger car application. The Quantum/Asola unique technology enables integration of solar cells in this extreme curvature, while maintaining a long life under demanding automotive conditions.

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“We are thrilled to be supplying a state-of-the-art solar roof to Fisker Automotive and continuing to support Fisker in the commercialization of the Karma,” said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, the President and CEO of Quantum.

Fisker Automotive, the green American car company that Quantum co-founded, closed a Department of Energy loan for $528.7 million in April 2010. This DOE loan to Fisker will be used for the development and production of two models of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, including the Karma, a four door sports sedan, and a line of family-oriented models being developed under Fisker’s Project Nina program.

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