- Mar 15, 2011
Fisker won't need all that Delaware factory space after all...
Fisker Automotive hopes to eventually make use of a former General Motors manufacturing plant in Wilmington, DE to produce its vehicles. However, the startup automaker apparently needs only a third of the factory's total floor space, which will leave potential capacity for around annual 200,000 units untouched. That is, unless Fisker offers the unused portion to other automakers.
That's exactly what Fisker wants to do, Bernhard Koehler, Fisker's chief operating officer, told Automotive News at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. In a weird twist, Fisker will also examine the possibility of building vehicles at the Delaware plant for contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive. This would only occur, Koehler said, if "Valmet's customers need more capacity in the United States." The weird twist part is that, last we heard, Valmet is supposed to start production of the $95,900 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid on March 21st.
[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]