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EcoTek Lighting Creates Brilliant LED Light Boxes for Fisker Automotive

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Article by Dawna Lee Heising

EcoTek Lighting, a division of Expotrans, Inc., has developed energy efficient, ultra-bright outdoor LED light boxes for award-winning, premium green auto manufacturer Fisker Automotive, Inc. at two company locations. The high-powered direct backlit outdoor LED light boxes were installed at Fisker Automotive corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA and at the Fisker Automotive engineering facility in Pontiac, MI. EcoTek Lighting manufactured two outdoor LED light boxes for each building, which included custom routed aluminum face plates and translucent vinyl graphics adhered to digitally routed acrylic sheets. Each Fisker Automotive building now features two brilliant outdoor LED light boxes: one light box with a 30″ diameter and the other light box with a 24″ diameter.

The translucent graphics and acrylic sheets of the Fisker Automotive outdoor light boxes are illuminated by EcoTek Lighting’s LED Backlit Array technology. The rugged, durable light boxes are designed and engineered to provide more than 12 years of maintenance-free illumination. The installation of the backlit LED outdoor light boxes in the diverse climates of Irvine, CA and Pontiac, MI was an acknowledgement of the fail-proof adaptability of LED lighting to wide temperature ranges.

EcoTek Lighting’s light boxes with Direct Backlit LED Array technology offer:* Energy efficient LED illumination* Highest levels of luminosity for easy viewing* Even illumination across graphics display area* Corrosion-resistant extruded aluminum construction* Architectural powder-coated surfaces with five year warranty on finishes* Compliance with Federal energy efficiency and Green manufacturing standards

The Fisker Automotive outdoor LED light boxes contain LED panels that last from 50,000 to 100,000 hours and provide 55% greater energy efficiency than fluorescent lamps. The high performance outdoor backlit LED light boxes feature grids of LEDs across the entire surface area to provide six times the brightness of traditional edgelit light boxes. All EcoTek Lighting LED light boxes meet Federal standards for energy efficiency, including UL, CUL and CE listings and European RoHS Standards, and contribute points to LEED-certification. They are fully recyclable at end-of-life, and contain no heavy metals or other hazardous components.

Fisker Automotive, Inc. is a green American premium sports car company based in Irvine, CA. The company mission is to create a range of beautiful environmentally friendly cars that make environmental sense without compromise. The Fisker Karma Sunset PHEV hardtop convertible coupe was recently named the 2009 Production Preview Concept of the Year at the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards, which were held at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. The North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry.

Said Russell Datz, director of public relations for Fisker Automotive, “EcoTek is helping Fisker green its operations beyond its cars. Now we can display our name around the clock and still be environmentally responsible.”

“We are honored to partner with such a dynamic and environmentally-focused company as Fisker Automotive to develop Eco-friendly products to help save the environment and reduce the Carbon footprint of our communities,” said Rick Farrell, president of EcoTek Lighting.

About Fisker Automotive, Inc.Fisker Automotive, founded in 2007 by Fisker Coachbuild, LLC and Quantum Technologies (QTWW), is a privately owned American car company producing premium green automobiles, with Henrik Fisker as CEO. Global headquarters are located in Irvine, Calif. The company is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Palo Alto Investors and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). More information is available at http://www.fiskerautomotive.com

About EcoTek LightingEcoTek Lighting, a division of Expotrans, Inc., is the leading provider of high performance light boxes, menu boards, poster frames and custom illuminated displays in the industry. Since 1984, we have set the standard for exceptional design, R&D, engineering, manufacturing and customer service. EcoTek Lighting was created with the mission of saving energy and producing Eco-friendly products. EcoTek Lighting received a 2009 Harvey Mudd College Green Engineering Certificate of Merit for energy efficiency at the TechAmerica High-Tech Innovation Awards.

Consumer Reports Gives Fisker Karma the Media Electric Chair

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Fisker Karma cost them $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech — and now they say it’s broken.

Consumer Reports (CR) have owned their car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on their test track (a procedure they do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. CR technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual to interpret the warning. At that point, the transmission went into Neutral and wouldn’t engage any gear through its electronic shifter except Park and Neutral.
Consumer Reports let the car sit for about an hour and restarted it. They could now engage Drive and the same error message disappeared. After moving it only a few feet the error message reappeared and when they tried to engage Reverse the transmission went straight to Park and again no motion gear could be engaged. After calling the dealer, which is about 100 miles away, they promptly sent a flatbed tow truck to haul away the disabled Fisker.

Consumer Reports buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that they said they had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.

Building an all-new car company from the ground up is a monumental challenge, especially for a car with innovative drivetrain technology like the Karma. Designing, engineering, certification, manufacturing, and distributing an all-new car pose giant hurtles for a start-up company.

Consumer Reports encountered other problems with a Karma press car that visited the track for a few hours, and we have heard of problems at press events. In addition, we see that some owners are experiencing a variety of issues, as evidenced by forums such as FiskerBuzz.com.

When they get the car back, they’ll film a First Drive video with our more traditional initial impressions. But so far, “Fisker ownership is proving to be a bumpy ride.”

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News from the Electric Vehicle Market

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

In late 2011 or early 2012 Ford’s first completely electric version of their famous “Electric Vehicle Market” will arrive in United States markets. This is a vehicle that is generating a lot of interest because it is quite likely to be among the first of the brands or models that is used in a broad manner by a huge portion of the population. This car is going to appear first in California and New York and then spread out across the country before being released in Europe. This is great news for those hoping to some day see the electric vehicle, or EV, market go totally main stream.

Naturally, the appearance of fleets of electric vehicles indicates that the country has the infrastructure ready to support them…right? Sadly, the United States is out of sync in terms of its capabilities for supporting electric vehicle usage and the appearance of actual electric cars or trucks.

Consider the most substantial factor for any electric vehicle – the energy supplies it requires. This is something that most often comes from a home-based charging station, but this is an issue that will have to change. Most of the vehicles will run from 50 to 120 miles on a single charge, but that is not adequate to the needs of most daily drivers. This has always been one of the reasons behind the wild popularity of the Tesla EVs with their 245 mile capacity on a single charge, but with a $100k price tag it is not likely that average drivers will be able to enjoy this, and so a better infrastructure of charging stations is essential.

In 2008, the City of Chicago began creating esthetically pleasing and totally functional solar charging stations that remain free of the public utility grids, but this is not the preferred approach. That is why so many news stories featured the inaugural use of a single Solar Charging Pole that began operating in Bethesda, MD in July of 2011. The pole utilizes a “tracking solar” array that relies on GPS guidance to keep it continually aligned with the sun. By doing this, it provides around 45% more energy than standard or “fixed” panels.

This is the sort of readily available support that most EV drivers will require and is what needs to begin appearing as the thousands of brand new and totally electric cars start to appear on American roads and highways.

The Race for the Fisker Karma - $200 million ‘pre-IPO’ financing

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We’ve all seen at least one movie, TV show, or commercial in which a man in a hybrid car drives up alongside some sort of “muscle” car. The joke is that the earth friendly and fuel efficient hybrid is no match for the monster machine that gobbles down fuel and pumps out impressive horsepower. Things are beginning to change in ways that might make those jokes less amusing or even understandable. For example, Fisker Automotive has the Fisker Karma available, and this is a vehicle that looks like something straight out of a James Bond film, and with a lot of the same impressive power!

It is easy to illustrate the truth of that statement by revealing that Fisker Automotive recently indicated that it pre-sold 3,000 Fisker Karma units in advance of the release of the vehicle, and that this means that no further units will be available until some time in 2012. Continue reading “The Race for the Fisker Karma - $200 million ‘pre-IPO’ financing” »

Big Investments in green technology - Fisker Karma

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Big investments are being made in green technology, which could spell hefty returns for the automobile industry and its backers as the first batch of the much-anticipated

Fisker Karma

2012 Fisker Karma rolls off the line.

Electric vehicles, especially the plug-in hybrid like Fisker Automotive’s Karma and General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt, are gaining popularity amid high fuel prices. Ford Motor Company unveiled its Focus Electric earlier this year.

The question is whether the niche market can grow long-term with the U.S. economy continuing to sputter and the high cost of purchasing the vehicles.

For now, the automakers have reason to be pleased with the response to the technology.

Some 3,000 people are already in line to buy one of Fisker’s $100,000 luxury plug-in hybrids.

The Karma is similar to the Volt, which switches to gas once the battery is depleted, a characteristic that, for some consumers, makes it a more palatable choice than the electric-only Nissan Leaf.

In fact, the Karma’s extended range is one reason Ray Lane, managing partner at investment firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, wanted to back Fisker. Lane received his Karma last Tuesday. Continue reading “Big Investments in green technology - Fisker Karma” »

The Arrival of Fisker Karma

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Fisker Prepares for Karma Arrival With Home Charger Partnership

‎New York Times (blog) -by Jim Motavalli

Fisker Karma’s News: the high-performance, $96850 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is expected to finally reach its first North American, after delays…

See the Story by Jim Motavalli: Fisker Prepares for Karma Arrival

Fisker Karma Hybrid Coupe

Fisker Karma in the News:

Fisker Automotive to Begin Hiring Workers at Delaware Plant‎ - Fox News
Fisker plans to hire 120 at Del. auto plant‎ - Philadelphia Inquirer

Fisker plans to hire for 120 positions this year, a mix of engineers, electro-mechanical technicians and early teams of production workers for the former GM plant it is refitting with the help of federal Department of Energy loans…

Electric-car maker Fisker hiring 120 in Delaware‎ - USA Today

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