Updated: Electric car startup Fisker Automotive has named Fisker vice chairman, and former Chrysler Chief Executive, Tom Lasorda as its CEO, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company has been struggling in recent months after it faced delays bringing its inaugural car the $100,000 extended-range Fisker Karma to market, and has been unable to draw down on the remainder of its loan from the Department of Energy.
LaSorda, a long time car exec, joined Fisker in December. Fisker plans to make an announcement shortly about the move, and I’ll fill in more details then. In the mean time, watch our test drive of the Fisker Karma.
Update: Fisker confirms this report. Henrik Fisker says he will move into the role of executive Chairman and will continue to work deeply on the designs of the cars, marketing and outreach.
The Fisker execs said on the call that the company would be profitable in 2013 with just the Karma by itself. Fisker says it has produced 2,000 cars and shipped 840 as of a couple days ago to dealers and distributors.