Fisker Atlantic production pushed back to 2014 or 2015
The Fisker Atlantic will be the first US-built extended range electric vehicle from Fisker as the big brother Karma is built at the Valmet Automotive plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Production was initially expected to begin in 2012 at the Delaware plant but a variety of factors – including the freeze of a massive government loan – have slowed the process. Some have questioned whether Fisker will be able to continue with their plans to build the Atlantic in Delaware with the lack of the large US Department of Energy loan but the automaker has reportedly managed to raise a tremendous amount of money (1.2 billion since 2007) that should allow them to build cars in the US.
In addition to the investment capital raised over the past five years, Fisker officials have stated that the former General Motors plant in Delaware has more capacity than they will initially need. This could allow Fisker to offer some of their suppliers the ability to set up shop right in the same plant that will house production of the Atlantic; for a cost of course. Having suppliers in-house could help Fisker to both raise money from the “rent” brought in by these suppliers along with keeping costs of the Atlantic down through reduced transportation costs on the items supplied by the other firms.