The new technical center will spearhead final product development, component readiness and production launch.
Fisker Automotive has announced plans to open a new technical center somewhere in the Midwest, which it will use for ongoing development of its second model, the Atlantic. No location has been announced, but the idea is to bring Fisker closer to component suppliers and technical expertise in the heartland of the auto industry. The company plans to open the new facility in Spring 2013, and will release more details early in the New Year.
“This important step signals our commitment to bringing the Fisker Atlantic to market as soon as we can,” said CEO Tony Posawatz. “We will be bringing our own engineering footprint closer to our supplier base and the expertise and professional workforce that have driven the American automotive industry for more than a century. Our global headquarters, together with design and advanced engineering, will remain in Anaheim [California], but with this latest move we will benefit by having the best of both worlds.”
“We brought the Fisker Karma to market in record time with the help of our previous Michigan technical facility, and now is the time to open up a permanent Technical Center to support the final Atlantic development,” said company Co-Founder Henrik Fisker.
The Atlantic, a prototype of which was revealed in April, is a luxury four-door sports sedan aimed at young families. Many of the components have already been designed. The new technical center will spearhead final product development, component readiness and production launch.