Fisker to Build Karma in Wilmington, Delaware

Although nothing is official yet, it would appear the place where the next Karma sports PHEV will be built is a former GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware. The rumor is reinforced by a Reuters report claiming that on Tuesday, US Vice President Joe Biden will visit the facility and make the official announcement.

According to the source, Fisker and GM already struck a deal for the plant, although no official details on the agreement are known. A source close to the matter claims Fisker's CEO, Henrik Fisker, will also be attending the Vice President's visit.

The White House confirmed Biden's visit in Wilmington, located in the Vice President's home state, for Tuesday morning, but gave no details on the announcement to be made.

Fisker himself confirmed that the company has decided on the location of its future production facility since last week, but failed to name it as well.

"We have looked at many different plants all over the U.S.,” Henrik Fisker said. “We have made our decision.

Fisker recently received a $528.7 million conditional loan from the US Department of Energy, money which are to be used for the design, engineering and assembly of the Karma. Whatever the future plant will be, production is scheduled to begin by 2012.

The car to be built there made its public driving debut in mid-August, running two laps on the renown 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca course. It managed to reach a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h) while on the race track, without using any gasoline.

It is estimated some 821 million gallons of gasoline will be saved and 8 million tons of CO2 offset from sales of Fisker plug-in hybrids through 2016, based on SAE J2841 Electrical Usage Statistics. The manufacturer plans to build 100,000 units of the Karma each year.
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