Report: Each Karma Hybrid Sedan Built Cost Fisker $660,000
April 22, 2013 10:51 AM
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Fisker burned through $1.3B in private and government funding
The latest massive failure in the automotive industry to take a huge chunk of taxpayer money with it is Fisker. The automaker has been struggling and earlier this month
laid off 75% of its workers
. The company is also expected to
, seeking protection from its creditors.
Through all of its troubles, Fisker has only produced 2,500 of its Karma plug-in hybrid sedans (it hasn’t even begun production of the
smaller Atlantic plug-in hybrid sedan
). When you consider the amount of investor and U.S. taxpayer money given to Fisker in the form of government-backed loans, each of those 2,500 Karma electric vehicles cost $660,000 to produce compared to a retail price of $103,000.
Fisker had planned to spend part of the $529 million loan from the U.S. government to reopen an
old General Motors manufacturing factory in Delaware
. Despite the fact that Fisker had violated loan terms for the use of government-backed funds from being Energy Department, it was allowed to continue using the money according to a report released last week by a company called PrivCo.
“They made a mistake” in awarding the loan, PrivCo Chief Executive Officer Sam Hamadeh said of the Energy Department in an interview yesterday with Bloomberg. “Should they have fought this sooner? Obviously -- as soon as it became evident that they had begun to default.”
However, the Energy Department takes issue with the PrivCo report stating that the report contained errors. The Energy Department says that it halted Fisker's funding in late June of 2011 after the company had used about $193 million from the government loan.
Overall, Fisker spent $1.3 billion in venture capital and taxpayer money according to the report. Fisker is supposed to make the first repayment of $20.2 million on the loan granted from the Energy Department today. It remains unclear whether or not that will happen.
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RE: Attempt to Create Jobs
4/22/2013 5:28:07 PM
The funny thing is that people are always trashing those taking advantage of the government hand, but I hardly see anybody criticizing those absurdly high-paying jobs.
How many CEOs have broken big companies in the past 15 years, only to get the boot accompanied by a hefty bonus?
How many CEOs earn hundreds of times more than the bottom employee?
The salary disparity in the US has grown exponentially in the past 30-40 years.
You want to keep doing it? Go for it. But I don't want to be there when people start getting really desperate.
RE: Attempt to Create Jobs
4/23/2013 7:59:05 AM
Those companies have stockholders who wield the power to say how much the CEO is worth. Nobody is forced to do anything, nor is anyone forced to buy that company's products if they think them overpriced due to executive compensation. (Hint: the salaries may sound big but rarely translate to more than even a penny out of each dollar taken in on sales.)
That is entirely different from government activities funded by tax payers who don't have a choice. They can or they can die. No, they don't execute people for tax evasion but if you try to escape from prison there is a good chance of being shot. Ultimately, the price of not cooperating with the government's tax agenda is death.
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