Chinese parts maker holds out prospect of Fisker production in Delaware

Fisker Karma
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The Associated Press is reporting that Wanxiang Automotive is holding out the possibility Fisker plug-in hybrid  automobiles could be produced in Delaware at the former GM Boxwood plant  if demand warrants.

That came as a bit of a surprise, since U.S. Sen. Tom Carper had essentially ruled out that possibility in a recent interview. Carper has been active for decades in efforts to keep the plant operating in Delaware.

The Chinese parts supplier is vying with Hybrid Tech Holdings of Hong Kong for ownership of the company, whose loan is being sold by the federal government. The battle is playing out in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington. The AP also reported that Wanxiang upped its bid for Fisker by $10 million.

It has also been reported that Wanxiang might produce Fiskers in Michigan and and quickly resume resumption of production of the Fisker Karma in Finland.

Wanxiang owns the former battery maker for Fisker. Problems with batteries were a factor in the financial collapes of the automaker that also received $20 million in financial assistance.

Earlier reports had both bidders selling the GM Boxwood plant where mid-sized Fisker hybrids were to have been assembled. That model was known as the Atlantic. Fisker had visions of exporting the car to worldwide markets from Wilmington.

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