Things are stirring at Fisker Automotive. New owner Wanxiang plans to relaunch the Karma plug-in luxury sedan next year, and the company is hiring – its online job board lists some 45 open positions, including engineers, managers and interns.
Fisker is renewing its relationship with Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies, the supplier of the Karma’s powertrain control software. According to Green Car Reports, Fisker paid Quantum $2 million in November to seal the deal, and will spend about $1.3 million on software development services over the next year.
Relations with some other former suppliers are less cordial – GCR says that some vendors scrapped their tooling for custom-made Fisker parts after going unpaid when production of the Karma ended in 2012.
Valmet Automotive, which had kept Karma production lines at its manufacturing plant in Finland on standby, has begun dismantling the equipment. However, the company is in talks with Fisker about providing future design services.