Fisker hasn't produced a single Karma extended-range electric vehicle in over a year, has eliminated much of its workforce, and is reportedly receiving buyout offers worth only a small fraction of the automaker's outstanding debt to the U.S. government. The company's $529 million government loan was cancelled in 2012, with roughly $193 million of the loan distributed.
Tesla, on the other hand, has paid back its $465 million government loan ahead of schedule. The automaker's stock price is soaring as its all-electric Model S sedan rakes in awards and sales.
Bloomberg reports that the U.S. government has more than $15 billion of remaining funds to distribute, and they plan on using it. Spokesperson Aoife McCarthy told Bloomberg, "the program plans to conduct an active outreach campaign to educate industry associations and potential applicants about the substantial remaining funds available and the application process in general."
If you read between the lines, that may sound like Uncle Sam pleading "take my money!" but the program hasn't exactly been frivolous with its funds to date. Since 2008, only five companies have received ATVM loans: Ford, Nissan, Tesla, Fisker and The Vehicle Production Group. Other hopefuls, such as Carbon Motors, have been forced to close shop after not receiving a much needed piece of the pie.
Here's a look at the successes and failures of the DOE ATVM loans to date.