Fisker Automotive will begin hiring workers for its Wilmington,
Delaware assembly plant in July, the company announced today.
The California-based start-up automaker purchased the facility from
Motors Liquidation Corp, better known as “Old GM,” last year for
$18 million dollars. At the time of the purchase, Fisker said that it
would use a $528.7 million dollar loan from the federal government,
along with an additional $175 million dollars in private investment
to refurbish the facility to build a lineup of compact luxury plug-in
hybrid cars, known as Project Nina, starting in late 2012.
Fisker’s first vehicle, the $95,900 Karma luxury sports sedan, is set
to go on sale in the United States in the third quarter of this year,
after having its launch date pushed back from the spring. The first
generation Karma will be assembled in Finland by automotive supplier
Valmet. It uses a plug-in hybrid system, similar in concept to the
one in the Chevrolet Volt, that delivers 50 miles of all-electric
propulsion, and unlimited range via a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
that generates electricity when the main battery charge has depleted.
The initial round of hiring for the Delaware plant will involve 40
employees in the engineering and electro-mechanical fields this
summer, with 80 production workers being brought on board in the fall.
Advertisements for the positions will be posted this weekend.
Company executives have previously said that they expect to create
2,000 jobs at the facility and an additional 3,000 supplier jobs by
2014 when production reaches its full output of between 75,000 and
100,000 vehicles per year, half of those set for export.