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Tesla and Fisker are essentially polar opposites right now, despite both specializing in developing luxury electric vehicles for the automotive industry. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has never shied away from speaking his mind, and the bold CEO has been highly successful in developing his businesses.
Unlike exotic EV maker Tesla’s relative success story, Fisker’s has been one riddled with scandal and financial scrambling, the latest of which sings to the tune of $150 million.
Fisker automotive is teaming up with Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio to promote global sustainability.
The automotive industry is a global business that is constantly evolving and growing, and we here at AutoGuide know it can be hard to keep up sometimes. So here is a summary of the top stories you may have missed this week:
A series of very public Li-ion defect related incidents have caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) decision to hold a meeting with automakers and battery suppliers with regards to the safety of the new technology.
The former General Motors plant in Delaware was acquired by Fisker in order to build its vehicles in America, but recently reports came in that production at Delaware wasn’t guaranteed. Now it appears that Fisker has laid off another dozen employees at the plant, making us believe that the Atlantic production will never take place there.
One of those employees that was laid off is Jeff Garland, who used to serve as community affairs and business development in Delaware. He was quoted as saying that the plant is “absolutely empty”, which makes sense considering Fisker had not installed its machined after taking out the old GM equipment. Chances are now that they probably never will.
“I think what happened was the budget numbers are so tight right now and they’re working so hard to preserve as much cash as they can that something had to give. We’re not making a car in Wilmington right now, so given that situation it was an obvious place to make a cut,” Garland said.
Fisker has had a rough last few minutes. Most recently, another recall was issued on its Fisker Karma for a battery glitch that surfaced as a result of a Consumer Reports test. Much of the skepticism on the future of Fisker comes from the fact that the automaker wasn’t able to secure the rest of its Department of Energy loan.
The continued layoffs doesn’t mean that Fisker is going under. Clearly the American automaker is working its hardest to survive, finding a way to produce its Atlantic in a cost-efficient manner. Hopefully what it showed off is enough to entice investors.
[Source: Delaware Online]
Ford recently announced the EPA fuel efficiency rating for its electric Focus model. Since it doesn’t burn any gasoline, the number isn’t in miles per gallon (MPG), but was given as miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, or MPGe. A new term to the automotive lexicon, it’s worth exploring exactly what MPGe means and how an MPGe rating is determined, especially as the number of electric cars and plug-in electric hybrids on the roads continues to increase.
10. 2013 Lexus ES
Over the past few years Lexus has been referred to as a Japanese Buick, with the number one reason being the ES front-drive luxury sedan – a car that drew direct comparisons with the not-quite-Cadillac GM premium brand. To erase those comparos the new 2013 ES gets a more stylish exterior with a GS-themed front nose and a profile more like the flagship LS.
Swapping its Camry underpinnings for an Avalon platform it has, however, grown even more in size – a notable Buick trait. Plus, to challenge the eAssist mild-hybrid LaCrosse, there’s finally now an ES300h hybrid system getting 39 mpg average.