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After fixing ‘250 bugs,’ Fisker electric cars will resume production — in Finland

Above: Fisker Atlantic concept unveiling before New York Auto Show, April 2012.

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The new owners of the Fisker luxury car brand will resume production of the Karma range-extended electric sedan initially at a contractor’s factory in Finland–but not until the company has fixed “about 250 bugs” in the vehicle.

The news came as executives of Wanxiang, China’s largest auto parts maker and now the owner of both Fisker and its battery supplier, A123 Systems, toured the U.S. last week and conferred with officials in several states.

As reported by industry trade journal Automotive News [subscription required], Wanxiang founder and chairman Lu Guanqiu and Wanxiang America president Pin Ni met with reporters last week in Washington, D.C.

The company intends to launch a second model–perhaps under a different name than Atlantic–once production of the Karma resumes.

The former Fisker Automotive halted Karma assembly at the Valmet plant in Finland in July 2012, following a battery-pack recall due to defective lithium-ion cells produced by A123 at a new battery plant in Michigan. It never resumed.

A123 filed for bankruptcy in October of that year, while the Fisker saga dragged on for another 18 months.

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Wanxiang finally boughts Fisker’s assets in a bankruptcy auction this past February, paying an unexpectedly high $149 million.

But while Wanxiang had initially said it hoped to resume Karma production within a year after taking control of the remains of Fisker Automotive, neither executive would commit to a schedule in their latest comments.

The company would one day like to make the Karma and other cars in the former GM plant in Delaware that it bought in 2009, but that was couched as a wish rather than a plan.

2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic, New York City, Jan 20122012 Fisker Karma EcoChic, New York City, Jan 2012

Getting the Karma right, fixing the bugs in the existing car, and ensuring that a reliable supply of sufficiently high-quality parts from other suppliers could be established were more important than meeting an arbitrary deadline, according to the executives.

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“Wanxiang can afford to make cars,” summarized Pin Ni, “but Wanxiang cannot afford to make bad cars.”

The executives conferred with state officials and politicans in Michigan, where A123 has its cell-fabrication plant; Delaware, site of Fisker’s empty factory; and the nation’s capital, where Lu met with Vice President Joe Biden and Federal officials.

This story originally appeared on www.greencarreports.com.

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15 comments
Vincent Talbert
Vincent Talbert

wishful thinking... pretty car... but no confidence in the production!

Jake Ambrose
Jake Ambrose

good to know. fuck this company then. i heard that story

Jerry Hsiang
Jerry Hsiang

259 "bugs" is probably associated with financial reasons..

Chris Giddings
Chris Giddings

Really, they only had 250 bugs? I hope they squashed more than that. Most teams of coders can create 250 bugs in a simple project let alone a massive project involving safety mechanisms, regulated mechanical processes and realtime performance adjustments.

Andrew Cho
Andrew Cho

Is one of the fixed "250 bugs" making sure Henrik Fisker stays the fuck out of the company?

Andrew Lipstein
Andrew Lipstein

Ali Morani aren't you arguing against opening up of Tesla patents?

William Su
William Su

No Fiskar just die nobody wanted you

Tanzil Khan
Tanzil Khan

thats what happens when u steal from elon musk and tesla. tesla > Fisker

Peter LoPresti
Peter LoPresti

This is the scumbag that was supposed to design the Tesla X and instead stole all engineering work and opened a competing company with his client's trade secrets. On top of that he submitted a shitty design to Tesla and still charged them. Lolol