Although in 2011 Fisker was among the promising batch of start-ups that wanted to change the traditional automotive order with highly advanced “green” machines, the US automaker collapsed last spring and now its remains will be auctioned off.
Today, very few employees still go to work at the Fisker Automotive offices in Anaheim, California, and it has been over a year since any of the now failed Karma sedans were produced at the manufacturing facility owned in Finland.
The U.S. Department of Energy now moves to auction the assets of Fisker because it needs to recover $168 million in loans from a controversial government program that was ultimately aimed at the accelerated development of alternatively powered vehicles.
So, a new owner could find ways to use Fisker’s assets, which include a second model, a partially completed plug-in hybrid, as well as a not yet finished factory in Delaware. Among the parties interested we can find former Chrysler and General Motors executive Bob Lutz, Wanxiang, the Chinese company that purchased Fisker’s battery supplier and Richard Li, a Hong Kong billionaire.
The company’s founder, Henrik Fisker, had also expressed interest in repurchasing the namesake automaker, though so far it is still unclear if he was able to get any financial backing.