Last we heard, Fisker Automotive was still "committed" to building the recently revealed Atlantic sedan at the former General Motors plant in Delaware. A few years ago, Fisker announced that site would be the company's new domestic production home (the Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in hybrid is made by Valmet in Finland). Still, Fisker did say that any definitive statement on the Atlantic's production location would not come until the end of the summer.

So we were interested to read new reports from local media that show more signs that the Atlantic might not ever be built in Delaware. On Friday, Delaware Online reports, 12 more workers – including engineers and maintenance technicians – were laid off at the plant, leaving "only a small maintenance team" left there. One of those let go was Jeff Garland, who had been working on community affairs and business development efforts in Delaware. He said the plant is currently "absolutely empty." This is because Fisker has taken out the old GM equipment but has not yet installed the machines it would need to build the Atlantic. As Garland told Delaware Online, "I think what happened was the budget numbers are so tight right now and they're working so hard to preserve as much cash as they can that something had to give. We're not making a car in Wilmington right now, so given that situation it was an obvious place to make a cut."

Fisker spokesman Russell Datz said that the company has flexible plans and will hire people when "we ramp up the project again." Production of the Atlantic is being delayed, at least in part, because of issues with Fisker's Department of Energy loan. You can read more about that here.

In related news, some of the components that Fisker and Ford will use in hybrid and all-electric cars are now being made by Magna E-Car Systems in Michigan. The inverters Magna makes are used in the Karma and this new production does not in any way predict a shift of Atlantic production to Michigan.


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      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was sure the whole Justin Bieber thing would turn that company around.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The inverters Magna makes are used in the Karma and this new production does not in any way predict a shift of Atlantic production to Michigan. " I may have to disagree with that statement. In fact, I'm guessing that Magna and Fisker will be making a joint announcement to this degree within the next few months. Fisker's current financial situation won't allow it to buid cars onits own right now, and I bet that production and importation from Finland is costing them a bundle, so the best option is to outsource production here in the states. And since Magna has been itching to build cars stateside, this may just be the opportunity the've bee looking for. I'll be watching this development closely.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      A similar thing happened to my agency representative at the McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A12 proposed factory about 9 months before the lead aircraft roll-out. The plant was bare concrete; no fixtures, no utilities, etc. (Fixture lead time in the early 90s was maybe two years...). One of the company VPs was waving his arms and saying the first aircraft was going to come out...Ed's comment was "Good F#%king Luck." Cheney cancelled the contract and it's in litigation to this day.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kinda sounds like the beginning of the end of Fisker.
      RICK
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful cars. Too bad they only concentrated on one powertrain. Gas and diesel options would have provided some cash in the bank.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      let us all pray for him. the car world needs more diversity
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bad idea, terrible execution.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is sad news. I saw my first Fisker yesterday in Downtown Seattle, beautiful car. I hope they can pull it together.
        Pinhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeremy Pennini
        I agree. I live in OC, close to Anaheim, so I see several Karmas a week. Gorgeous cars, hope they somehow manage to keep things together.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope Fisker doesn't go under. I bet if they actually got all the DOE money, they sure would not be having this problem.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        They'd have entirely different problems. They don't make a vehicle which is particularly saleable. It's main attribute is its efficient and it isn't particularly efficient. It's very expensive to boot.
        Danaon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        "I bet if they actually got all the DOE money, they sure would not be having this problem." Yes, it's quite easy to run a business when you can rely on taxpayer cash. I don't want them to go under, but neither do I want them to get any more cash from the US Government. We're broke enough already.
          Brian E Parker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Danaon
          But we have plenty of money for that war in Afghanistan...
      Hanson Bro
      • 2 Years Ago
      PREDICTION: If a portion of your company's revenues (Let's say, er, 15%) come from the US taxpayer, then you're toast. Fisker - You fit the profile. Adios to your future.
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is why Fisker is not doing so well... It's because the car does nothing well... It's big but not roomy, it's slow It handles like a barge. It's not exciting. It's EPA rating is mediocre. GM should pay the US back and buy A large share of Fisker as a subdivision. They're already using GM engines and A123 batteries. These companies need to hire me as their COO.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maddoxx
        Why would GM want Fisker? GM already has an EREV that blows Fisker's away. All Fisker really has is cool styling and the stylist won't move to GM, so they'd be just buying one particular design. How much should they pay for that? Not much.
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