Last September, when the US Department of Energy announced Fisker would be getting a half billion dollars in stimulus loans to bring their vision of a plug-in future to reality, both DOE and Fisker said that the company’s first electric car — the plug-in hybrid Karma supercar — would be hitting showrooms this summer.
But even with a huge influx of money (they’ve got almost a billion dollars in capitalization right now), it seems that Fisker won’t be meeting that intended goal and has now shifted their onsale date for the Karma to sometime in the “first three months” of 2011. Is this a bad omen for the future, or simply a hiccup along the way?
Fisker has some lofty goals for production that include eventually building 100,000 vehicles a year at their recently purchased Delware construction facility. But if they can’t even meet the production deadlines they’ve set for themselves for their first vehicle, can we trust that their future plans are solid? If we get to February 2011 and they’ve actually started selling Karmas then I think it’ll be clear this hiccup is simply par for the course… but if we get to February and Fisker says they need another few months, we better start wondering if our government will ever get its half-billion dollar investment back.
Source: The Detroit News