We hope its cars aren’t as bad as before.
For the first time since 2012, Fisker is planning to build plug-in hybrid vehicles at a newly purchased manufacturing plant in Southern California. The 55,670-square-foot facility is located in the city of Moreno Valley. According to the Los Angeles Times, the automaker’s lease is expected to be worth approximately $30 million over a span of 10 years. Fisker is planning to relaunch the Karma sedan in mid-2016, which means that production at the new plant could start shortly. The new facility will be the first new auto assembly plant in Southern California in over 20 years.
When Fisker was in business the automaker sold less than 2,500 vehicles before calling it quits. Its last vehicle, the Karma, was constructed in Finland and suffered from a variety of problems. Before closing its doors co-founder Henrik Fisker left and a host of employees were laid off before the company had a chance to debut its entry-level Atlantic model. Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto parts manufacturer, later bought Fisker in hopes of re-branding the company. It’s good to see Fisker back, but we’re not sure if getting a new facility will help the company remedy its tainted past.