By Andrew Ganz
Thursday, Nov 15th, 2012 @ 8:41 am
 

Luxury extended range EV-maker Fisker is looking to expand beyond its Southern California base by opening a technical center in the Midwestern United States early next year.

At the top of Fisker's list is the Detroit area, long the automotive industry's epicenter, although the company has indicated that other markets are on its list as well.

From 2002 to 2010, Fisker operated an engineering office in Auburn Hills, a suburb northwest of Detroit most notable being the site of Chrysler's headquarters. However, the company consolidated its engineering operations into its Anaheim, California, headquarters ahead of the launch of its first production model, the Karma luxury extended range EV.

But with its plan to launch the higher volume Fisker Atlantic priced about half the MSRP of the Karma, Fisker says it needs the additional engineering capacity.

And despite its California roots, Fisker is no stranger to Michigan, the Detroit Free Press pointed out. The company has plucked numerous engineers and executives from Detroit's Big Three, including President and CEO Tony Posawatz, who was previously in charge of the Chevrolet Volt.