Fisker seems to be in limbo – it hasn’t declared bankruptcy, but so far its few prospective suitors have left it standing at the altar. Karma fans haven’t lost their faith, however. Lately, online discussion groups have been abuzz with hopeful rumors, and one frequent participant claims to have heard from insiders that a pleasant surprise will be announced soon.
The optimism may have to do with a visit that representatives of the Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) recently paid to Fisker’s California headquarters. According to the China Daily, BAIC has shown great interest in Fisker’s second-generation vehicle, the Atlantic, and aims to obtain key technology through an acquisition of the company.
Unlike its colleague BYD, which has recently inked deals to sell its electric buses in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Aruba, BAIC has little experience with plug-in vehicles. However, Deputy General Manager Zhang Xin has said that BAIC plans to introduce an EV to compete with Tesla’s Model S by around 2015 (an ambitious goal indeed).