When the Fisker Atlantic was revealed in April, no one was saying anything about production dates. Even in recent interviews and statements, Fisker has remained coy about when it might start building the smaller cousin to the Karma.
Given Fisker’s financial difficulties and questions about where it will build the car, none of this was a surprise. It’s also not at all shocking that reports now say Fisker might not start making the Atlantic until 2014 or 2015. Reuters says that was “the first time Fisker disclosed a production timetable for the Atlantic,” but way back in 2009, the official timeline said the Atlantic (then called Project Nina) would start production by the end of 2012.
Fisker representatives used the new 2014 date in slides presented to investors. It was also revealed that a lot of the work on the car is done, since “about 90 percent of the parts in the Atlantic have been engineered.” Should the Atlantic still be built in Delaware, as originally planned, suppliers might use some of the large factory that Fisker bought from General Motors. Of course, with the news that one of Fisker’s main suppliers for the Karma – A123 Systems – might go bankrupt, we’ll see how long the 2014 date holds firm.