Fisker Karma Production Waiting on Sale of A123 Systems Plant
November 30, 2012 6:10 PM
comment(s) - last by
A123 Systems' battery plant in Michigan
For now, Fisker is using the batteries it currently has to replace those in Karmas with owners
Fisker Automotive is halting production of its Karma plug-in while bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems awaits a sale.
A123 Systems is the provider of lithium ion batteries for Fisker's Karma plug-in. However, after filing for bankruptcy last month, Fisker has had to wait around for someone to buy A123's Michigan-based plant so it can continue Karma assembly.
"Because we have no batteries, there's no production right now," said Tony Posawatz, Fisker CEO. "Inventory is starting to get a little low. We'd like to restart production as quickly as possible. We should know the outcome of the auction by the middle of December."
For now, Fisker is using the batteries it currently has to replace those in Karmas with owners.
A123 Systems filed for bankruptcy
in October 2012. Now, its Michigan plant is waiting to be auctioned off to bidders including Johnson Controls and China's Wanxiang Group Co. Once a buyer purchases the plant, lithium ion batteries will be produced once again.
Why doesn't Fisker just go with another battery maker? According to Posawatz, that would mean testing and evaluating alternative cells, which could take as long as a year. Fisker said it'd be fine with either Johnson Controls or Wanxiang Group Co. taking over A123 Systems.
It's been a tough year for Fisker's Karma. Aside from delivery delays, the plug-in had battery and cooling recalls as well as an unfavorable review from
. In addition, Fisker
lost 320 Karmas to Hurricane Sandy
Fisker is also trying to move forward with
, but may have to build outside of the U.S. due to the loan freeze from the Department of Energy. In May 2011,
DOE froze Fisker's loans
because delivery of the Karma plug-in was delayed and ended up falling behind schedule. DOE said Fisker did not meet the milestones previously promised, and since then, Fisker has not been able to access the DOE loans.
California-based Fisker Automotive received a total of $529 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for clean vehicles in April 2010. The loans were part of a program to progress development of high-tech vehicles, where Fisker received $169 million for its $102,000 Karma plug-in and $359 million for the production of its Atlantic midsize sedan.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Perfect solution
12/3/2012 9:44:16 AM
Spot on. Well said.
This lawyer president knows nothing about running a business or being a real leader, but He knows how to hit the talk-show circuit and schmooze with Hollywood stars who can't run businesses either. Just think how many stars open restaurants and those tank.
btw. Don't laugh too hard about the US taking over A123....it could happen. Just don't let Obama invest your retirement money. :-)
btw. I think Obama is a nice guy and a great father and husband. He's just not a leader and it continues to show. He's best at campaigning and speaking to crowds. He' chooses to not do the job He applied for and was elected to do. He can talk, but He can't walk the walk.
Best wishes for surviving the next four years. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
Fisker Loses 320 Karmas to Hurricane Sandy
November 7, 2012, 11:41 PM
Official: A123 Systems Files for Bankruptcy
October 16, 2012, 4:44 PM
Fisker May Build Atlantic Hybrid Outside of U.S.; Generates $100M in 2012 Karma Sales
May 31, 2012, 8:31 PM
Fisker Loses Access to DOE Loan, Lays Off Delaware Factory Employees
February 7, 2012, 11:31 AM
Ford, Toyota, and Universal Pictures Celebrate "Back to the Future Day' in Style
October 21, 2015, 4:19 PM
Consumer Reports Flexes Muscle, Hits Slumping Tesla Motors Stock
October 20, 2015, 4:13 PM
Debunked: Beneath the Lies, Nigerian "Pee Generator" Is Still Pissing Into the Wind
October 19, 2015, 7:53 PM
Hot Air? President Obama, G7 Pledge to Eliminate Most Fossil Fuel Use by 2100
June 8, 2015, 5:40 PM
Study Predicts Self-Driving Vehicles Could Rake in Billions
March 6, 2015, 8:34 AM
Dual-Motor Tesla Model S P85D's "Insane Mode" Shocks Passengers
January 28, 2015, 11:18 PM
Most Popular Articles
DHS and TSA: Whoops, We Missed That 73 Airport Employees May be Terrorists
November 19, 2015, 2:16 PM
Glenn Beck's Attempt at Anti-Refugee Meme Proves He's Really, Really Dumb
November 18, 2015, 4:17 PM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
True Beef or Sloppy Sausage? Digging Into the Red Meat + Cancer Correlation
October 27, 2015, 3:05 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information