Nearly half a year ago, Fisker Automotive's chief operating officer, Bernhard Koehler, promised that the company would host a "supplier day" to give Delaware-area businesses a crack at vying for contracts with the automaker. After six months of waiting, area businesses began to doubt that Fisker would ever host the event and started to lash out against the automaker.
Fisker finally held its first meet-and-greet event last Wednesday at the DuPont Country Club outside of Rockland, DE. It was focused on securing suppliers for the company's upcoming plug-in hybrid Project Nina. Fisker spokesman Russel Datz stated that representatives from nearly 90 companies attended the event, the first of several scheduled meet-and-greets. No deals were inked out, but Fisker did listen to pitches from possible suppliers and will hear many more before finalizing its production plans. The event was closed to reporters, so information is sparse. However, Koehler said, "It's the first one of many to come. We want to have this car in production in 2012 and we need to start now."
While we're thrilled to see that Fisker has finally taken the necessary step of meeting with Delaware-area suppliers, we'll hold off on saying this represents a big step forward on getting Project Nina finished, as we're still waiting for the oft-delayed Karma to hit the streets. Hat tip to Roy!