How the Wheels Came Off for Fisker – Yahoo! Finance
By Yuliya Chernova
The near collapse of the Anaheim, Calif., company—it missed a loan payment on Monday, earlier dismissed most of its staff and has hired bankruptcy advisors—comes as affluent buyers like Mr. Simon have turned away from the once promising startup and falling gasoline prices have chipped away at demand for electric cars.
Barring a last-minute rescue, Fisker is poised to become another DeLorean Motor Co. or Tucker Corp., a symbol of the difficulties of creating entirely new car companies. Unlike those others, it also represents one of the most prominent failures of the government’s use of public funds to wean American industry from fossil fuels—and of how that government interest pushed Fisker to reach too far.
Originally, Fisker wanted to start small. But, says investor David Anderson, the U.S. asked it to think big. ‘”We can’t loan you money to make a low volume car [in Finland],'” he said the U.S. argued. ‘”But if you wanted to bring forward in time your idea of the small car to be produced here in the U.S.,’ then, they’d say ‘OK,'” Mr. Anderson said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Energy declined to comment.
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