Fisker eyes old GM plant in Delaware for Project NINA

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In brief: Reports from various sources claim that Fisker Automotive has decided on an old GM plant in Delaware to build their electric vehicles.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Karma & Project NINA
Manufacturer: Fisker Automotive

The word

According to sources ranging from the Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press, Fisker Automotive has chosen the future home of their US-based manufacturing plant.

The Fisker Karma

The site is a former General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington, Delaware. This would mean that the Irvine, California-based start-up is passing on a California facility that Toyota will stop using in March of 2010.

The Karma Sunset

The official announcement will be made on Tuesday, 27 October, and may involve "a senior White House official," according to company spokesman Russell Datz.

And so ….

Fisker caught some heat recently when it was awarded a massive $528 million DOE federal loan. The heat arose from the fact that the company's flagship vehicle, the Fisker Karma, is being assembled outside the US (in Finland, by Valmet Automotive). However, the huge majority of the loan ($359 million)
will go towards supporting development and manufacturing of project NINA, the company's more affordable follow-up to the Karma. Fisker estimates NINA to cost around $39,900 after federal tax credits.

Photos courtesy Fisker Automotive

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