DETROIT -- Fisker Automotive says it plans to open a tech center in the Midwest, possibly in Southeast Michigan, to aid development of the Atlantic, the hybrid automaker's second vehicle.
A company statement offered no details about the center's size or expected number of employees. It was unclear if Fisker would build a center or lease existing space.
Almost three years ago, Fisker decided to close its suburban Detroit engineering office and moved about 30 full-time employees to its Southern California headquarters.
A spokesman today declined to give specifics on the new center. He said many of Fisker's key suppliers are in the upper Midwest, and a tech center in the region would be more convenient for the company's factory in Delaware.
Fisker acquired the Wilmington, Del., plant from General Motors in 2009. This year, Fisker halted preparations to build the Atlantic in Delaware after the company lost access to government loans because it missed business development milestones.
Fisker has delayed Atlantic production for at least two years, and now plans to start in late 2014 or 2015, Reuters reported.
The Atlantic is a mid-sized plug-in hybrid sedan expected to cost $50,000 to $60,000.
Fisker's first plug-in hybrid, the Karma sedan, has been plagued by delays and quality problems.
Consumer Reports magazine recently issued a negative review of the vehicle, saying it is "plagued with flaws."
Earlier this year, a Karma tested by Consumer Reports failed because of a problem with the battery made by A123 Systems, which prompted A123 to recall all the Fisker battery packs. A123 now is operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Reuters contributed to this report.