U.S. Senator Tom Carper said Fisker Automotive, the bankrupt electric-car maker, won’t use the shuttered General Motors plant it bought in Delaware even if its new owner resumes production.
Fisker, whose assets are being bought by a group led by Richard Li, son of Hong Kong’s richest man, is required under an agreement with the U.S. government to make its Karma luxury car somewhere in the country, though it probably won’t be in Delaware, Carper said yesterday in an interview.
The company, supported by U.S. loans on which it defaulted at a $139 million loss to taxpayers, also will probably take production of any future models overseas, the Delaware Democrat said.
“I’m a glass-half-full guy, but it’s hard to see how this ends up with Fisker building cars in Delaware,” Carper said.
Carper, previously Delaware’s governor, was one of Fisker’s political supporters along with Vice President Joe Biden, a former U.S. senator from the state. Fisker won a $529 million loan in 2009 from the U.S. Energy Department, receiving only $192 million before the rest was cut off for failing to meet production milestones on the $103,000 Karma.