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Old 10-24-2009, 08:21 AM   #1
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Fisker Automotive, a California-based startup manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles, plans to build plug-in electric cars at a former General Motors assembly plant in Delaware, people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.

Henrik Fisker, the company’s co-founder and chief executive, said Tuesday that an announcement about the location of a manufacturing facility was in the works. He declined to elaborate on the site but appeared to rule out a California facility where Toyota plans to halt production in March 2010.

“We’ll be making an official announcement on Tuesday, and a senior White House official may be involved,” Fisker spokesman Russell Datz said Friday, declining to provide any other details.

A person who has knowledge of the situation but didn’t want to be identified because an announcement has not been made, confirmed that Fisker has settled on GM’s Boxwood Road facility in Wilmington.

A state government official, who also didn’t want to be identified because there’s been no announcement, described the deal as “99 percent” complete.

“So it looks like it’s going to be a go,” said the official, who has been briefed on discussions involving the GM plant. Until it closed this summer, the plant produced the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice roadsters, as well as an Opel version that was exported to Europe.

Joe Rogalsky, a spokesman for Gov. Jack Markell, declined to comment Friday.

“We don’t comment on potential economic development opportunities,” he said.

Tim Yost, a spokesman for Motors Liquidation Co., a conglomeration of the old GM’s liabilities and underperforming assets, declined to comment.

Fisker recently received approval for a $528.7 million government loan to develop plug-ins and is expected to release its first vehicle, the Karma, in the summer of 2010.

The Karma will be built in Finland, but the next-generation plug-in, under a program called Project Nina, will be built at the U.S. facility, with an annual production of about 100,000 vehicles. Project Nina cars, whose production will be supported by about $359 million in government loans, will sell for about $40,000 and are expected to reach showrooms by 2012.

Fisker officials have said the company expects to export half of its Project Nina vehicles, suggesting that access to the nearby Port of Wilmington could have been a factor in choosing the Delaware site.

Michael Robinet, a vice president at CSM Worldwide, an auto industry consulting firm near Detroit, noted that the Wilmington plant also is geared toward the kind of low-volume production sought by Fisker and would come with a trained work force.
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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such a good looking car. *sigh*
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:58 PM   #3
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Yeah if I had the money a Karma would be right at the top of my list. I much prefer it to a tesla.
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:17 PM   #4
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So they are going to go from developing an electric vehicle in finland, that you cannot even buy yet to 100000 units a year built in the US and on showroom floors by 2012.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA....

Only this currently US government would be stupid enough to give somebody a loan based on that load of crap. There is not a BS flag big enough to put in this post.

Heck, I think I am going to start making batteries on the moon and I will have them in the showroom by 2011. Hey US government, can I have 11 trillion dollars.
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:48 PM   #5
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So they are going to go from developing an electric vehicle in finland, that you cannot even buy yet to 100000 units a year built in the US and on showroom floors by 2012.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA....

Only this currently US government would be stupid enough to give somebody a loan based on that load of crap. There is not a BS flag big enough to put in this post.

Heck, I think I am going to start making batteries on the moon and I will have them in the showroom by 2011. Hey US government, can I have 11 trillion dollars.
Let's not make it political here Scrappy...

I think this is great news, as there is a potential for jobs for Americans. What would you have said if the plant was going to be opened in China?

That they are exporting these cars is a further plus for potential workers.

Back to the real topic, I think it is also great news to see a new face in the automotive landscape getting on with things. Hope to see some interesting products from them and Tesla. Should be interesting to see how they are able to stick it to the establishment when it comes to fuel efficient cars.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:11 PM   #6
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Welcome to the Hub of the megalopolis! No sales tax, low home costs, very low property taxes and high education levels make this a great state. The Wilmington ro ro auto sea port will serve you well....smooth move Fisker . Best of luck
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:15 PM   #7
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Let's not make it political here Scrappy...

I think this is great news, as there is a potential for jobs for Americans. What would you have said if the plant was going to be opened in China?

That they are exporting these cars is a further plus for potential workers.

Back to the real topic, I think it is also great news to see a new face in the automotive landscape getting on with things. Hope to see some interesting products from them and Tesla. Should be interesting to see how they are able to stick it to the establishment when it comes to fuel efficient cars.
Well, if we are taking everything at face value, it sounds like Scrappy's plan will add jobs too... .
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nah, checked it out, health insurance on the moon is ridiculous. Fair enough, lets not make it political. But does anybody actually believe that they are going to meet any of those dates. It is a certainty that they will not even come close. I personally will bet that they never even pay the money back.

If GM struggles to sell a main stream electric car for 40000 grand, what makes anybody think upstarts like Tesla and Fiskar can do it. Granted GM has loads of baggage, but some things are fixed cost. Materials, time to build, foundries, molds. ETC. I just think that they need to get the Karma off the ground before they start preaching about selling 100000 units at a plant in the US that they have not even built yet.
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If GM were like Tesla or Fisker the volt would already be for sale. Have you seen the prototypes? People could drive them right now, but GM wants to fix them before they ship.

Tesla sent out cars that were borked, but they fix them after they are delivered. A recall is cheap for Tesla (and will be for fisker at first), for a company like GM a recall is expensive. You can't fly a rep out to flash the new updates or replace some part when you are selling a cheap car. (Which isn't to say your post is incorrect, rather that you can send out a few cars quickly if you don't mind having to fix them later)
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