Fisker Opens Engineering Center Near Detroit


Tesla Out, Fisker In
Tesla Motors recently announced some layoffs and the closing of their Rochester Hills office near Detroit, and almost mirroring this exactly, Fisker Automotive has announce that it plans to open a 34,000 square feet engineering and development center in Pontiac, near Detroit, where up to 200 people will work on the companies plug-in hybrid cars.

Fisker chose the Michigan location because of the proximity to its suppliers, including Edag and Magna Intier, which are working on engineering projects for the Karma. There's also a skilled workforce that's readily available as Detroit's automakers cut back in light of sales declines and financial troubles. [...] Fisker is based in Irvine, Calif., and has no plans to switch headquarters

They're probably using the $65 million that they raised before the credit crunch worsened. Let's hope that they won't increase their burn rate too much and run out of cash before the recession is over...

Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Overview
"Initial domestic deliveries of the Fisker Karma will commence in the 4th quarter of 2009 in North America with planned delivery to the U.S. and Europe. Fisker Automotive's annual production is projected to reach 15,000 vehicles by 2011."

The Karma is anticipated to sell for US$ 80,000. Top speed should be 125 mph (201 km/h) and 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) should be reached in 5.8 seconds. All-electric range of about 50 miles on lithium-ion batteries, and after that a gas generator kicks in, like for the GM Volt.

Via AutoWeek, MarketWatch, NYT
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