A Fisker for the rest of us?

That's what Plug In Cars is reporting, saying that the California-based maker of the really expensive Karma extended-range plug-in may start developing a lower-end model that would compete with the Chevrolet Volt.

The car would not only sell in the range of the Volt – $40,000-ish – but may be developed with a yet-to-be-named automaker partner that has a little more experience in mass-production.

The new model will be different from the Project Nina-cum-Fisker Atlantic that was originally thought to sell in the $40,000 price range and was to be built at a Delaware factory formerly occupied by General Motors. That model, which at one time was thought to start production this year, won't likely see the light of day until 2014 or 2015.

Whatever happens – and, again, these are just rumors of hints at this point – the Volt comparison is appropriate, given that Tony Posawatz, the former vehicle-line director for the Volt, replaced Tom LaSorda as Fisker's CEO in August.

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