- Oct 21, 2009
Fisker reportedly chooses U.S. location to build lower-cost plug-in hybrid, will announce soon
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Henrik Fisker, co-founder and chief executive of the automaker that bears his name, has said that the company has chosen a location for the U.S. plant to build its next eco-friendly automobile, but he's not yet ready to announce the location. According to the LA Times, Fisker seemed to rule out the recently-idled NUMMI plant in Fremont, California, saying:
Some analysts suggest the former General Motors' facility in Wilmington, Delaware, is an obvious choice as it was previously used to assemble the low-volume Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters. Whatever the location, this new plant will be used to build Project Nina, a plug-in vehicle that's expected to cost $48,000 before a federal rebate of $7,500. That car is expected by 2012, two years after the firm's Karma PHEV sedan goes on sale.[NUMMI] is obviously way too big for us when you're talking about 100,000 to 150,000 cars. So there are some plants out there that are simply too big... We found one that was very modern and has produced cars until recently and all that, so there is definitely a good choice of factories and all the Big Three are selling factories at this point in time. We're probably somewhat lucky... that there are so many empty factories available.
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[Source: LA Times]