Fisker Karma - Click above for high-res image gallery
Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker gave a presentation at the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner Monday night about his compnay's plans to build plug-in vehicles (PHEVs) in Delaware. Over 450 people from the community where Fisker's new plant (and General Motors' old plant) is located heard Fisker speak about the Karma and the upcoming Project Nina vehicle. Nina, of course, is the lower-cost ($50,000?) plug-in hybrid that Fisker wants to build in and export from Delaware.
Based on local news reports, work on the plant is progressing smoothly, with "no major problems" discovered during an environmental assessment. Prototypes could be made there as early as next year, with full production – an estimated 100,000 cars a year – scheduled for 2014. As for vehicle sales, Fisker said that Europe and China could be big markets for the PHEVs, and he reminded the crowd that Fisker has announced 45 dealerships in the U.S., including Union Park in Wilmington, DE.
One bonus bit of information Fisker said during his speech: the prototype Karma that ran around the track at Laguna Seca cost $1.5 million. You can watch a video of part of Fisker's talk after the jump. The videographer apparently just discovered panning, so listening without watching is recommended. Thanks to Roy B. for the tip!