Fisker's $80K Plug-In Hybrid to Be Made in Detroit?

Autopia blog speculates where Fisker will build its plug-in hybrid and whose battery technology it is likely to use.

Published: 30-Jan-2008

Fisker Automotive, flush with cash from one of the biggest names in venture capital, may build its $80,000 plug-in hybrid in Detroit and use lithium-ion batteries made in British Columbia.

Vic Doolan, the company's director of retail development, says Fisker is considering the Motor City because of its experienced workforce, idle manufacturing capacity and broad network of suppliers. "It does make a lot of sense" to build the Fisker Karma in Michigan, he told the Detroit Free Press.

Fisker unveiled the car at the International North American Auto Show in Detroit, where Henrik Fisker told us he plans to outsource drivetrain development and vehicle construction. The way he sees it, there's no need to invest in a factory or a workforce when both are readily, and relatively cheaply, available. He's got a deal with Quantum Technologies to develop the drivetrain, but they're going to need someone to build the car.

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