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Fisker, Which Won't Begin Production Until Late 2022, Says It's Not Hit By Chip Shortage

Fisker, Which Won't Begin Production Until Late 2022, Says It's Not Hit By Chip Shortage

Fisker Inc (NYSE: FSR) CEO Henrik Fisker said on Wednesday the electric vehicle automaker will not be affected by the semiconductor chip shortage issue.

What Happened: The California-based company has no sales or cars in production yet and its first electric vehicle launch is in late next year.

"NO Chip shortage at Fisker!," the company’s co-founder proclaimed in a tweet, adding that its strategy to develop software in-house and a CTO from the chip industry will help it skip the queue.

The EV maker competes with Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA), a company that once employed Henrik Fisker and even sued him over design secrets, and plans to begin production of its Ocean SUV at its European vehicle assembly facility in late 2022. 

Fisker explained that the carmaker has lined up suppliers ahead of the next year’s launch and they are on target to deliver the company’s requirements. 

The company is also developing a more affordable, sub-$30,000 electric vehicle that it plans to launch by the end of 2023 with the help of Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd (OTC: HNHPF)

Why It Matters: The comments come at a time when automakers around the globe are struggling with chip supplies and have been forced to halt production on a rolling basis.

Fisker has been sharing preorder numbers for the Ocean SUV. In April he claimed Ocean SUV has scored over 15,000 bookings. 

CNBC's Jim Cramer late last year compared Fisker CEO with Nikola Corp’s (NASDAQ: NKLA) former Executive Chairman Trevor Milton who had stepped down after short-seller allegations, highlighting the risk of investing in EV startups that have no production or sales.

Price Action: Fisker shares closed 5% lower at $11.37 on Wednesday and were down 0.9% in after-hours trading.

Photo: Courtesy of Fisker


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