Fisker Automotive Inc. is a U.S. based start-up company that is going to sell hybrid vehicles. The company recently secured a $528.7 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy. The funds will be used to fund production of their low emission cars.
“Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles could revolutionize personal transportation and cut our dependence on foreign oil, not to mention give us cleaner air and less carbon pollution,” stated Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Tesla Motors recently received $465 million in Energy Department loans this past June.
Fisker Automotive will use $169.3 million to finish the development and production of the Karma, a $87,900 plug-in hybrid sedan. The rest of the funds will be used to build the next-generation vehicle called Project Nina.
By 2012, Fisker plans to sell 75,000-100,000 cars per year. Fisker has an engineering office in Pontiac, Michigan. “This conditional loan represents a significant step in America’s future,” stated Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker, “help restore the U.S. as an auto industry leader.”