Two competing — and somewhat related — electric vehicle startups are looking beyond their L.A. business offices to make U.S. manufacturing plans. Karma Automotive is producing vehicles in low volume at its plant in Moreno Valley, Calif., 65 miles east of Los Angeles. But the Chinese-owned startup indicates it is considering a second North American manufacturing plant to produce future models. Karma is the surviving entity of the unsuccessful venture begun in 2007 by former BMW designer Henrik Fisker to produce a plug-in hybrid model called the Karma. But now Fisker himself is back in the game as head of a Los Angeles startup called Fisker Inc. Henrik Fisker also is looking for a U.S. assembly plant to produce an EV model that he says will debut next year. He issued a statement in April that he was looking at sites in 11 states: California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Fisker said at that time he wanted to acquire a brownfield operation to enable his project to move to market quickly.
Horizon watch: Los Angeles
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