Will more money equal more Karma? In the continuing fight over the assets of extended-range plug-in vehicle maker Fisker Automotive, a Hong Kong-based investor is ready to up the stakes. Hybrid Tech Holdings has announced it will increase its bid for the maker of the Karma to $55 million.

A bankruptcy court judge recently ruled that Hybrid Tech couldn't use any more than $25 million of its Fisker debt for an on-credit bid for Fisker. Hybrid Tech bought Fisker's $193 million line of credit from the US Department of Energy for $25 million.

"When other shareholders ceased support, Hybrid continued to provide the financing and working capital necessary to maintain momentum," the company said in a statement. "Hybrid is working to achieve a rapid relaunch of Fisker." AutoblogGreen asked Hybrid spokeswoman Megan Grant for more details, but she said, "The statement distributed ... is the only information I am able to provide at this time." You can read the full statement below.

At this point, Hybrid Tech's offer would trump Wanxiang Group's bid of $25.8 million (plus assumed debt) that was issued in late December and then boosted to $35.7 million earlier this month. Fisker favors the Hybrid Tech bid because it believes Wanxiang, which acquired most of the assets of lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems in 2012, helped speed up Fisker's shut-down by stopping battery deliveries. Fisker filed for bankruptcy in late 2012. The auction for the remains will be held in February.
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Statement by Hybrid LLC

Today, Hybrid Tech Holdings, LLC ("Hybrid"), a Delaware limited liability company, announced that it has modified the terms of its bid for Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc. ("Fisker"), to reflect a purchase price of US$55 million. Hybrid intends to utilize Fisker's existing plant in Delaware to meet consumer demand and address market conditions.

"Hybrid's confidence in Fisker's future is strong and unwavering. The Hybrid group has been an investor in Fisker for many years. When other shareholders ceased support, Hybrid continued to provide the financing and working capital necessary to maintain momentum, as well as taking on the US$25 million risk of purchasing the Department of Energy loan. We did so for a simple reason; we believe deeply in Fisker's technology and we stand by the talent in the company who can bring the promise of this technology to life," said Hybrid spokeswoman Megan Grant.

"Together with our partners, investors, designers and suppliers, Hybrid is working to achieve a rapid relaunch of Fisker. We look forward to the acquisition of the company and a path forward for the Delaware plant. This will once again generate employment, stimulate the economy and allow for the production of the world's finest automobiles," said Grant.


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