Following the announcement of an electric SUV for 2021, Fisker announced the appointment of Don Jackson to head their manufacturing efforts. In addition to filling the new position, Fisker pointed out several states as potential locations for their next factory. Surely this will be a key decision in their efforts to deliver the new SUV by the second half of 2021.
Don Jackson looks, on paper, like a strong candidate to lead production for Fisker. Jackson served as a Senior Vice President of Quality and Production for Toyota’s manufacturing efforts in Texas. Before Texas, Jackson served as Vice President of Manufacturing for Toyota’s operations in Kentucky. More recently than Toyota, Jackson served as President of Manufacturing for Volkswagen of America.
This is a promising resume. Fisker really seems impressed with Jackson’s track record for quality and reliability. We will see if he is the right guy to help a smaller manufacturer deliver an all-new electric SUV.
Where to build?
So, Fisker thinks they have found their production head, but where are they going to build this new Fisker SUV? Fisker highlighted a number of potential states to host their new plant.
So far, the list includes: California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. These states are being considered through a Request for Proposal (RFP process). Usually, this involves some form of bidding to find the best option for both Fisker and its new home. Currently, Fisker has not highlighted a clear front-runner.
More info soon
The Fisker SUV announcement came last month, promising a great deal. Supposedly, this Fisker SUV will have a range over 300 miles while costing less than $40,000 US. This month brought us more production details and another image. Given the proposed timeframe for the Fisker SUV, we expect to hear more information trickling out steadily over the next few months. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views & real-world reviews. Once we hear more about the Fisker SUV, we will be sure to post an update.
In the meantime, we have purchased our own long-term electric vehicle. Check out the latest updates on the Thrifty Three by watching the video below: