Jimmy Biggs said:
There are plenty of Delaware politicians that are calling this the next Solyndra. I'm starting to think the same.
This is a disappointing thing to hear from a journalist. If you go beyond the soundbyte you'll find that Fisker (or Tesla) share nothing in common with Solyndra other than being a recipient of the same government program - along with most other major auto makers who accepted vastly larger sums. Fisker has so far met all of the conditions and timelines of the DOE loan, has not defaulted on any committments, is not in bankruptcy, has created at least 750 US-based jobs, is actively reviving a defunct GM plant to hire several thousand more, and is actually beginning deliveries of products to the marketplace (albeit much delayed). Your statement suggests either that you have not done any meaningful research, or that you already have a slant that you are looking to justify as opposed to actual journalism.
There have been mock up and presumably functioning prototypes of the Nina for a while, and I agree that they are likely in both static and dynamic testing. The fact that they are doing this privately and not publicly shoud not come as a surprise to anyone, as this is the method that every car manufacturer follows - and why there is both a car camoflauge and spy-shot industry. I expect they are testing the Nina hidden in plain sight - the Karma testing was initailly carried out with a pickup truck body.
The people in this forum are by and large supporters of Fisker Automotive and their vision and mission. Regardless of how frustrated we as individual consumers may be with them about their operational matters, I doubt you'll find much support here for the sort of biased, politically charged and inaccurate tripe that's been bandied about lately.
I encourage you to take an honest look at what Fisker and Tesla are trying to do, especially against the current automotive landscape in the USA, and form your own opinion about their value, and their successes and setbacks.