Fisker Working on Entry-Level Chevy Volt Competitor

By · November 09, 2012

Fisker Atlantic reveal

The Fisker Karma competes against high-end offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The undisclosed entry-level Fisker is supposedly targeted directly at the Chevy Volt.

With the recent appointment to CEO of former Chevy Volt development leader Tony Posawatz, Fisker Automotive is apparently shifting its strategy toward a much more affordable next car, potentially targeted to compete against the Volt. Fisker had been working on a second model, called the Fisker Atlantic, to be priced well below the Karma. Last week, we learned that the Atlantic has been delayed until late 2014 or early 2015. News of the delay came on the heels of a series of problems encountered with the company's Karma model. Web reports of a third model from Fisker, coming so soon after the announcement of a delay for the Atlantic, could mean that company recognizes the critical importance of affordability, if it's going to become anything more than an ultra-niche low-volume automaker.

According to InsideEVs.com, Fisker's recent investor presentation revealed the automaker's plan for this third plug-in. This vehicle, which is only described as a P-platform model, will be the automaker's first "entry-level" offering. By entry-level, Fisker means entry-level premium segment, so figure around $40,000. That price nearly match the MSRP of the Chevy Volt.

Additionally, Fisker revealed that a new more affordable plug-in hybrid could be developed with assistance from a strategic partner. Who's this strategic partner? Well, it's mere speculation at this point, but it might be Chrysler-Fiat, which is the only major automaker currently on the sidelines when it comes to robust electric-drive vehicles.

Comments

· · 1 year ago

Good News, more entry level EV's the better! Interested in the design possibilities

· Anonymous (not verified) · 1 year ago

So if the volt is such a failure. Why is everyone from ford ( it's cmax) to fisker trying so hard to copy both it's performance and its price point?

· Anon (not verified) · 1 year ago

"So if the volt is such a failure. Why is everyone from ford ( it's cmax) to fisker trying so hard to copy both it's performance and its price point?"

Because even the biggest morons in the auto industry can see the writing on the wall. Pretty soon the public will begin to realize it too.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 1 year ago

I don't think GM is sweating this out - Fisker has a lo-oo-o-ong way to go before they can walk the talk.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 1 year ago

The original story has a lot of added information, I dont see the link to it here anywhere

http://insideevs.com/exclusive-fisker-plans-entry-level-car-to-take-on-c...

· Modern Marvel Fan (not verified) · 1 year ago

Volt is the benchmark for the industry in terms of plugins. It rules in EV performance and EV range. Everyone is trying to undercut the Volt in price and size. But nobody has been able to match its EV performance and Range.

· volt owner (not verified) · 1 year ago

It's easy to follow the leader. The General spent a lot of money designing, and proving the volt. The result is a solid, excellent performing car. I would buy another in a second. Many say it is over engineered. There was a time when people used to say the same thing about Sony. I have a 30 year old Betamax, still works as good as the day it left the factory, and i use it regularly. I would buy another volt in a second, and when it is time to buy another car, a second volt it right at the top of my list for the wife. We both love the car, and not having to visit the gas station.

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