Delays are to be expected when a start-up automaker is involved, right? That's why it should comes as no surprise that Fisker Automotive will reportedly push back production of Project Nina to mid-2013.
That's the word from Delaware Online, which cites "company executives" as its source for news of the Nina delay. The news site reports that "high-volume production" of the Nina will commence in mid-2013, not in late 2012 as previously expected.

If this is how things actually go, the BMW-powered, $45,000 Nina should hit U.S. dealerships by fall of 2013. We're all well aware, though, that this could easily change as the Nina's tentative production date draws nearer. The company's first plug-in hybrid, the Karma, didn't exactly arrive on time, either.


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      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prediction. NINA will have a 16kWh battery with an EPA rated 26 mile electric range. When the over sized BMW range extender kicks in it will get 27 MPG. The base price will be at least $47-52K plus destination charges. Performance will be comparable to a typical midsize V6 sedan. ICE maintenance costs will obviously still apply. One more prediction, Fisker will never produce an affordable or efficient PHEV car. You heard it here first.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is important to point out that it's the "full-scale" production that has been pushed back. Initial production of the Nina is still expected to begin rolling off the line sometime in 2012.
      electronx16
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Fisker really needs the extra time to rethink the powertrain concept. They really don't need an other EPA rating disaster.
      adam
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a joke… The US taxpayers loan this company half a billion dollars and what has Fisker delivered? Karma a 20mpg sports car that cost $100k… now this? The American taxpayers should be outraged! How did this company get half a billion dollar loan with no product or a proven track record. I didn’t know our federal government are also venture capitalist.
      Kevin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fisker, I will wait for Nina from your company. Please do not disappoint me. @ 45k at least make better then Volt and I am in.
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only a year and a half away and we know almost nothing about this car. Well it's a sedan and $45k. Series electric like the Karma (right?). Does it use the same A123 batteries? Same UQM electric drive? Oh yeah it will have a BMW motor (which is bound to be more expensive than the Chevy motor in the Karma). So far my guess is that it is almost identical to the Karma, except at half price. I wonder how they are going to cut the price?
        EVnerdGene
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        why does everyone keep saying it is a UQM drive.? the original deal - two companies with absolutely no manufacturing experience would partner and bring out a luxury series hybrid Frisker + Quantum Technologies
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          The QTWW sourced Q-Drive doesn't include the motor; it is provided under contract by another supplier, who at least initially was to be UQM. There is reason to believe that Fisker might have chosen a different motor supplier, but the motor's specs are very similar to a popular UQM unit. "On November 8, 2010, the Registrant and Fisker Automotive, Inc. executed an Amended and Restated Supply Agreement that amends and supercedes in its entirety a Supply Agreement executed on April 28, 2010 (the "Original Supply Agreement"). Pursuant to the terms of the Amended and Restated Supply Agreement, the Registrant will be the exclusive supplier to Fisker Automotive of the following components and subsytems included within the Registrant's Q-Drive powertrain system that will be used in Fisker Automotive's Karma vehicle: (i) the hybrid controller and hybrid control software, (ii) the on-board charger, (iii) the DC-DC converter, and (iv) the solar roof (collectively, the "Components"). The purchase price for the Components on a per vehicle basis (which includes a service fee, license and royalty fee) starts at approximately $4,100 for the first 6,500"
          EVnerdGene
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          pretty interesting. thanks Letstakeawalk So, for $4100, Frisker is getting two UQM motors, with Q-drive drive and software, on-board charger, DC-DC converter, and solar roof all for $4100. That's a purdee good deal. Now I can see how they can sell a luxury hybrid for such a reasonable price. not
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          No, you misread the release. For $4,100 Fisker is having QTWW supply : "(i) the hybrid controller and hybrid control software, (ii) the on-board charger, (iii) the DC-DC converter, and (iv) the solar roof (collectively, the "Components")." The two motors are being supplied by someone else; the above statement is very clear which components are from QTWW.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        To be fair Roy, do any other car companies give highly detailed specifications of a new model two years from production?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Spiffster. What is your problem anyway? I own a Karma and am routine averaging 250 mpg. I have put over 1000 miles on the car and have used 4 gallons of gasoline. At .14 per KwH, my all in eMPG is 125 MPG.
      briang19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here we go again....
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dont worry Fisker, nobody will want it. 45k lol, whatever...
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        I have become somewhat of a Fisker troll lately so I will say one last thing and shut the hell up about it. I thought Fisker was going to be a great car company, I even love the design of the Karma. My first problem with Fisker is that they took tax payer money to develop a car that almost nobody can afford and it became clear with project Nina that Fisker only wants to be a luxury car company... using tax payer money as insurance for investors to make cars for only the rich?! Screw that! Secondly, after seeing the EPA numbers, what exactly does the Karma bring to the table that isnt already there? 32mile range and 20mpg is a joke. The company made promises and didnt even nearly deliver on them. Will Nina be different??? I sincerely hope so, but considering what we know about the Karma platform and its relation to project Nina things look pretty bad! Say Nina gets twice the mileage of the Karma... now you have something that competes with the Volt's efficiency. Wow!! And I can tell you now that by 2013 they wont stand a chance at 45k (its current price). As I have said before, if we ever see our investment back as tax payers, I will gladly eat these words.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        what are you talking about? you don't think a slightly smaller Karma could sell at 45? if not they are in real trouble : )
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        That's what I like, a real believer in the old Marx brothers song, " I don't care what it is, I'm agin' it !!".
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