Co-founder and CEO, Fisker Automotive
Fact: He’s a movie buff, but cars are his real passion.
His take on car culture: “If we are to retain our current standard of living in an auto-based culture, we need to be more responsible about how and what we drive.”
Henrik Fisker is a visionary at the forefront of the auto industry’s green car movement. Even more, as the CEO and co-founder of Fisker Automotive, which develops eco-friendly and luxurious plug-in hybrid vehicles, he’s also making it possible to drive in style while preserving the environment: “As a car enthusiast, I still want to drive something that’s exciting and looks good.”
He has been working in the automotive industry for 20 years. Soon after graduating from the Art Center College of Design, he was hired as a designer at BMW in Munich, Germany, in 1989. He later moved to Ford Motor Co., and in 2007, he founded Fisker Automotive.
“We are doing something new and innovative at a time when those set ways are being called into question more than ever before,” he says.
Fisker produces 15,000 vehicles a year. And in September, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the company $528.7 million to further develop the electric automobiles.
– Ashley Eliot
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