By on January 24, 2014


United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the whichever of the two Chinese bidders for the assets of Fisker Automotive wins the court ordered auction on February 12th it will still have to keep Fisker’s manufacturing and research in the U.S. Automotive News reports that Hybrid Tech Holdings LLC and Wanxiang America Corp. are fighting over the remains of Fisker in  U.S. bankruptcy court for the remains of Fisker, an Energy Department loan recipient that stopped making its luxury plug-in hybrid cars in 2012.

“I’m not going to pick a winner of the auction,” Moniz said at the Washington Auto Show. “What’s key for us is of course the terms of our loan have to be respected. We have technology transfer limitations first of all. No matter who the winner is we will be looking at both engineering and manufacturing in the U.S. That’s the key for us.”

How much manufacturing Fisker had been doing in the U.S. is questionable. The Karma cars were assembled by Valmet in Finland and while Fisker bought a former General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington, Deleware, where it planned to build a mass market sedan, those plans never came to fruition.

Fisker defaulted on its low-interest loan from the Energy Department after drawing down about $192 million from $529 million allocated for hybrid luxury car startup. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November. Hybrid Tech Holdings bought the rights to that $192 million debt for $25 million and is using that debt as a major part of its bid for Fisker.

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9 Comments on “DOE Head Moniz: Whichever Chinese Company Buys Fisker Must Keep Work in U.S....”

  • avatar

    Some people worry about the PRC holding American dollars. Fortunately, there is no other place to spend American dollars that doesn’t return them to America.

    Fisker is a complete failure I recognized the very first time I drove a Karma. Too small and just not well thought out. Hopefully, they’ll design a car the size of a Camry inside that can get at least 100 miles per charge and has a gas backup.

    • 0 avatar
      Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

      “Fortunately, there is no other place to spend American dollars that doesn’t return them to America.”

      Petrodollars and commodities.

      We should be thanking Xenu that they _don’t_ come back, that silly furriners are happy to accept our little green pieces of paper (or phosphors) in exchange for actual things of value.

      • 0 avatar

        If you buy oil, the arabs will take the money and buy a few Cadillacs or Veyrons…If you buy commodities, whoever sells it to them will need to come to an American business ultimately to buy services from us and use those dollars.

        Either way the money comes back.

        The US DOLLAR is kinda like a “gift card”. The person can only use it where you tell them to.

  • avatar

    If they use a former GM plant, I assume it is UAW territory? Good luck finding an ivnestor, even if Fisker had vialble cars (which they don’t seem to have)

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t think so. Tesla bought the NUMMI plant and is no more under UAW control.
      Once a plant is closed and sold, I think the new employees need to reapply to an union.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Work? There won’t be any work, so it’s a moot point.

  • avatar

    How do those limitations on technology transfer work? You can own but you can’t look – or take pictures?

    I think this is just another transfer of our manufacturing base. An extension of what we have been seeing for years. As I understand it 70+ years ago we generated all the manufacturing to run a huge war machine. Now we better hope we don’t fight china and a couple other countries because we might find they own us.

    Reasonable people may disagree but that is my $.02 worth.

  • avatar
    bill mcgee

    Like a lot of other cars ( the new Corvette for one ) the Karma looked more attractive in person than it did in photographs. I never saw one , though, except in traffic and I was trying to get closer to get a better view . I have spotted Karmas only three times here in Houston, and most likely it was the same car 2 of those times , as it was white . Good luck producing any more .

  • avatar

    They’ll put a half-assed effort into US operations. Meanwhile, a Chinese “startup” will build a similar plant in China. It’s naive to think this is going to slow China down much at all.

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