Luxury car maker Fisker to build cars in Southern California – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fisker Automotive is back in business.

The luxury car company will establish Southern California’s first new car manufacturing plant in more than two decades in the city of Moreno Valley, where it will begin building its plug-in electric hybrid automobiles.

The admired but embattled Fisker, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013 and was purchased by Chinese auto parts giant Wanxiang Group a year later, has signed a long-term, $30-million lease for a 555,670 square-foot facility in the Riverside County city.

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Wanxiang Group also owns A123, the company that builds the lithium ion batteries that power the Fisker. The company is reportedly seeking to begin sales as soon as next year.

The assembly plant will be Southern California’s first since General Motors closed a Van Nuys facility in 1992, and the state’s second electric car manufacturing factory – joining entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors plant in the Bay Area city of Fremont.

It also marks a second Chinese foothold in the Southern California alternative-vehicle market. Chinese automaker BYD employs 160 workers at a plant in Lancaster that builds electric buses, some for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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