Monday, June 03, 2013

Joint venture makes $20 million bid for ailing EV company Fisker

Monday, June 03, 2013
A joint venture consisting of China-based Wanxiang group, former General Motors head Bob Lutz and industrial Gilbert Villarreal offers troubled electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive in a prefabricated insolvency purchase valued at $20 million, to deal according to reports.

Like Tesla Motors, which recently their loans repaid, $529 million in the form of received vehicles Fisker Automotive of loans from the Department of energy (DOE) under the advanced technology manufacturing loan program.

In contrast to Tesla Fiskers issued loans was seized but money by DOE if the company not to payments or to meet production quotas. The company has approximately 171 million $ in DOE loans still outstanding.

Fisker was founded in August 2007 by Henrik Fisker, who later left the company, that relying on differences of opinion over corporate strategy. Reuters reported that Fisker and a Hong Kong-based investor named Richard Li are common Fiskers DOE pay off loans and save the carmaker from bankruptcy.

Fisker dismissed three-quarters of its workforce in April. The company has its headquarters in Anaheim, California.

According to the company, Fisker was valued at around 2 billion $ until 2011.

The lone car, the Karma Fisker has a base price of more than $100,000. The company has sold a car reportedly since July 2012.

Wanxiang group bought Fisker's former battery manufacturer, A123 systems, at an auction in 2012, after the bankruptcy of the company.

Lutz was quoted in 2008 as saying that the electrification of the automobile "inevitable."

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