Fisker Looks For Another Site For New Sedan Production
Ahead of the New York Auto Show, Fisker last week had revealed its new model — the Fisker Atlantic. But now things changed as an official statement by Fisker Automotive revealed that the firm may drop Delaware for new sedan manufacture and may use other manufacturing options. Fisker CEO Tom LaSorda made a clear statement about this in an interview on Tuesday night. According to him, “The whole plan has changed now”. “Wilmington is our primary site…but there are other options. We have to look at what’s best for the company and the shareholders,” he added.
He added that the decision on where to produce the Atlantic is expected by the end of summer. It may cause a serious delay in the launch of the car, which was to start its initial production by the second half of this year. According to LaSorda, if Wilmington is still determined to be the best plant site, it could be set up “really quickly.” Speculations are there the Wilmington could be used as an alternative to produce a third vehicle, on a different platform from the Atlantic. . We just need to set up a paint shop”. LaSorda said.
The Atlantic unveiled previous week is expected to be a $50,000 to $60,000 extended-range plug-in hybrid sedan about the size of an Audi A5 or BMW 3-series. Fisker Automotive, in this March declared that it had raised $132 million of private capital and the company has not taken any Department of Energy money since May. “We are looking at other strategic partnerships. Everything is possible. We will make this car with or without the DOE,” said Fisker Executive Chairman Henrik Fisker. He refused to provide more information.