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Hope springs eternal in Delaware.

With the announcement by the Fisker Automotive and Technology Group that it will open a U.S. manufacturing plant in California for its Karma hybrid electric car state officials say they hope that the car company will return to Delaware.

Delaware Economic Development Director Alan Levin told the Wilmington News Journal that the First State is going to play this out until Fisker says absolutely that it is not interested Delaware.

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Fisker Automotive is talking about moving forward with building its hybrid vehicles.

And the firm is looking at five states including Delaware.

Fisker entered into a partnership with a California company to provide the software to relaunch its plug-in hybrid car.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that company officials are hoping that it will provide the basis for arrangements that will allow the Fisker to own the technology for its cars.

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Fisker Automotive’s soon to be new owner says it will produce the company’s original car the Karma within the next year.

Wanxiang’s President told Reuters wire service it plans to restart production of the luxury plug-in hybrid at a Finland plant for sale to Europe and the United States.

During bankruptcy proceedings the subsidiary of a firm in China told Fisker’s unsecured creditors that it would begin with the production of a small number of cars in a Michigan plant and would later produce the second generation car the Atlantic at the Boxwood Road plant in Delaware.

 

Fisker, the car company that wants to build electric hybrids in Delaware, is fending off accusationsthat a $100-thousand model of the Karma caused a house fire in Sugar Land, Texas.

The blaze destroyed the electric powered car and two other vehicles.

The investigation is still ongoing but the Wilmington News Journal reports that no official source has linked the cause of the fire to the Karma.

 

            Two prominent Senate Republicans are questioning the federal loan to Fisker Automotive which is negotiating with the Obama administration for funds to build its new facility at the old GM plant in Delaware.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John Thune of South Dakota fired off a letter to Energy Secretary Stephen Chu demanding that he defend the now frozen loan to the automaker.