Supposedly there are two very opposite parties fighting for the remains of Fisker. One company appreciates Fisker’s curvaceous lines and bold design. The other company likely appreciates the technology of range extending electrics like the Karma.
On one end of the negotiation table is Bob Lutz, an ardent denier of the realities of global warming. You may recall that Bob Lutz famously exclaimed, “The electrification of the car is inevitable”, in 2008. Yet, his current plans for Fisker include the de-electrification of the car by supplanting the innovative electric powertrain with the fossil fuel thirsty Corvette ZR1 engine. “I want Fisker to live and succeed, if only to ensure a continuing supply of Karma bodies for my and my parter’s (sic) VL Destino, a de-electrified Karma with a Corvette drivetrain, for which there is brisk demand,” said Lutz in a recent piece on Forbes.com. This would be a loss for technologists, green advocates and America on the whole. While I very much enjoy high power cars, I also appreciate companies like Fisker and Tesla who are pushing the boundaries to produce cars that we need, and eventually will want. For Lutz to get control over Fisker, would be a major strike against the green automotive movement.
At the other head of the table is Wanxiang. A Chinese company with interests in our innovative technologies. For Wanxiang to take control is a national strategic and technical loss.
Getting started in the automotive business isn’t easy. Just look at the many hundreds of startups in the space over the last 100+ years. Few remain. I won’t touch on political motivations for part of the public being eager to see Fisker fail, but evidence could be found to support that notion. The reality is that for the first time, in a long time Fisker and Tesla have a real chance to take on the Big 3 and all of the great auto manufacturers of Europe and Asia.
Fisker has made some missteps. They’ve not engendered their brand with the average American. They’ve failed on some QA/QC issues. However, none of these should mark the death of one of the future’s great American marques.
Support a domestic bailout of Fisker. Give them more time on their loans. Double down and bet on Fisker to help change the future of the Automotive industry.