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Bernie Moreno Companies to donate rare electric car to Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

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Bernie Moreno Companies to donate rare electric car to Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

'Stunning' 2012 Fisker Karma joins Western Reserve Historical Society's renowned Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. Vehicle will be displayed on Public Square at Cars in Cleveland event.

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CLEVELAND, Aug. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A rare example of one of the world's first luxury, high-performance hybrid vehicles, the Fisker Karma, will soon have a permanent home at Western Reserve Historical Society's (WRHS) Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle in Cleveland.

The Bernie Moreno Companies is donating the extraordinarily rare car – one of fewer than 2,000 remaining worldwide – to WRHS's renowned collection just in time for it to be displayed at the 2nd Annual Cars in Cleveland celebration on Public Square on September 2, 2018.

The 2012 Fisker Karma, manufactured in Finland, features a jaw-dropping design, solar panels on its roof, a top speed of 125 mph, an amazing 52 miles per gallon fuel efficiency in electric mode and a 2012 sticker price of $107,000.

"The Fisker Karma wasn't a commercial success," says Bernie Moreno, "but the vehicle proved that electric cars didn't have to be slow, didn't have to be skimp on luxury and didn't have to look like a spaceship.

"This car is too beautiful for us not to share with the community."

Kelly Falcone-Hall, President & CEO of Western Reserve Historical Society, says the vehicle will be an important addition to the collection, which now boasts 171 automobiles, along with scores of aircraft, motorcycles, carriages and other vehicles.

"Between 1898 and 1931, Cleveland was home to about 115 different automobile manufacturers," says Falcone-Hall. "We truly were the nation's first motor city.

"We actually have electric cars from 100 years ago," she adds. "This vehicle allows us to carry the timeline of the evolution of alternative-fuel vehicles up to the present. It also happens to be a stunning, gorgeous car."

The gift being from one of Cleveland's modern community and civic leaders also gives it historical significance, Falcone-Hall says.

"A hundred years ago, WRHS would have jumped at the opportunity to collect a vehicle from a civic and business leader like John D. Rockefeller. Today, Bernie Moreno is an agent for change. His business, civic and philanthropic activities are helping transform our city and region. WRHS's mission is to capture this history as it happens.

The public will get a chance to view the 2012 Fisker Karma over Labor Day weekend at Bernie Moreno Companies' Cars in Cleveland celebration, a free event on Public Square on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

After that, the vehicle will be initially displayed in a featured space on the main floor of the Crawford Auto-Aviation Musuem, according to Falcone-Hall.

For more information, photos of the vehicle or to set up an interview with Bernie Moreno, contact Ralph Stawicki at 440-567-9144.

To set up an interview with Kelly Falcone-Hall, contact Emily Poznako at 216-721-5722 ex. 1201.

About Bernie Moreno Companies: Since the purchase of its first dealership in 2005, Bernie Moreno Companies has become one of the fastest-growing and most-admired auto-dealership organizations in the country, earning awards for its growth, client service, community involvement and employee engagement.

About Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland History Center: Founded in 1867 as an historic branch of the Cleveland Library Association on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, the Western Reserve Historical Society preserves and provides access to the stories of Northeast Ohio and beyond – stories of the people, the artifacts and the archives that are the provenance for our region. WRHS operates six sites throughout Northeast Ohio, including the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

SOURCE Bernie Moreno Companies

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