Is Fisker About to Join Solyndra and A123 Systems in the Green Failure Graveyard?
Thanks to Justin Bieber's platinum Fisker Karma, which has been the frequent recipient of traffic tickets and an unfortunate party of a few auto accidents, electric car maker Fisker has been a popular name in the headlines in the past few months. Although it wasn't the best PR to have the "Biebs" and his friends crash the Karma throughout the U.S., Fisker might be wishing it were Bieber splashing its name in the headlines again this week. The story this time is that the end may be near for Fisker; which means, yet another "alternative energy initiative" might go belly up.
The faster Fisker is sold, the better.
Wall Street Journal reports that Fisker is holding out against bankruptcy, hoping they can locate a private buyer to salvage its name. One of those paying court to Fisker is Wanxiang Group -- the same company that bailed out A123 Systems. That name should sound familiar -- it is usually paired with the words "Solyndra" and "bankruptcy." It seems Wanxiang wants to swoop in once again and snap up the carcass that used to house A123's batteries: Fisker.
The other company paying tribute? VL Automotive. But, instead of thinking "green," VL is thinking "black" -- as in the black rubber mark that will be left on the pavement after their new Fisker-bodied sports-car peels away. VL unveiled a prototype last January that had a Corvette engine in a Fisker body... that would definitely rev some gear-heads. It is called the VL Destino. We will see if it's Fisker's destiny to live...
The next few days are going to be like the last lap of the Daytona 500... who will pull ahead and win? Will someone actually BUY Fisker, will DOE take possession, or will Fisker decide to roll over and die?