At the end of 2008, Fisker announced that it was opening and engineering center in Michigan, near Detroit. Was it just to sweeten its image to help it get a government loan? Who knows... But now the company is focusing on its next vehicle (codename: Project NINA), and has announced that "Beginning March 1 Fisker Automotive's global headquarters in Irvine, California will house all design, engineering, sales, marketing, and administrative operations." Bye-bye Michigan.Earth2Tech writes:
This consolidation into the Irvine headquarters marks a shift from the scheme laid out in the DOE's announcement of Fisker's loans last September. At the time, the agency said that in the first stage of the program, Fisker would use a $169.3 million loan "for engineering integration costs" to complete the Karma. Engineering work to design tools and equipment and develop manufacturing processes would take place at the Pontiac facility, the DOE explained, with "support" from the Irvine headquarters and assembly taking place overseas.
In any case, things seem to be going well for Fisker Automotive. Last month it raised $115 million and made battery deal with A123, and it is on track to close the $528.7 million DOE loan next month.
Project NINA (name will certainly change), Fisker's second series hybrid, will be made in Delaware in an idle GM plant that Fisker has bought.
"Fisker Automotive anticipates Project NINA will ultimately create or support 2,000 factory jobs and more than 3,000 vendor and supplier jobs by 2014, as production ramps up to full capacity of 75,000-100,000 vehicles per year. More than half will be exported, the largest percentage of any domestic manufacturer."
Production is scheduled to being in late 2012, but it's probably pretty safe to expect a few delays.
Via Fisker, Earth2Tech
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