We heard earlier this week that Fisker Automotive has selected a location to build its U.S. production facility for its upcoming, lower-cost plug-in hybrid. Now there are all sorts of rumors swirling that Delaware is the place where Fisker wants to be, even if Fisker won't officially announce it quite yet. The AP is reporting that Fisker and Delaware representatives have been talking about turning an old GM plant in Wilmington into a place to build PHEVs. The $528.7 million loan that Fisker got from the DOE last month will be used, in part, to upgrade this plant for the upcoming Project Nina and on engineering integration costs for the Karma PHEV. Apparently, the deal is "99 percent" complete, according to unnamed sources with knowledge of the deal. Thanks to Roy B. for the tip!
In other potential good news for Fisker, the company's powertrain partner, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, announced yesterday that it is ready with a "fuel efficient, high performance diesel hybrid electric powertrain, "Q-Force," after six (6) years of development."
UPDATE: We're now hearing that the Governor of Delaware has confirmed this on a local radio station.