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E.V. maker Fisker files for bankruptcy as cash runs short

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🗞️ Driving the news: Electric vehicle start-up Fisker has filed for bankruptcy, facing financial difficulties despite its high-profile public debut
• The filing comes after a series of production cuts, halted manufacturing, and a default on a loan repayment
• Fisker is now looking to sell its assets, valued between $500 million and $1 billion, while listing liabilities of $100 million to $500 million

🔭 The context: Fisker’s bankruptcy follows a broader trend of financial struggles among E.V. start-ups that had high investor expectations but failed to deliver
• The company, which outsourced production and focused on design and software, faced escalating financial turmoil and failed to secure additional investment
• This is the second bankruptcy overseen by its founder, Henrik Fisker, after Fisker Automotive's Chapter 11 filing in 2013

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Fisker's bankruptcy highlights the volatility and financial challenges within the electric vehicle sector, raising concerns about the sustainability and reliability of new entrants in the market
• This turbulence can slow down the transition to cleaner transportation solutions

⏭️ What's next: Fisker is negotiating with financial stakeholders and searching for a buyer for its assets
• The company's future remains uncertain as it navigates bankruptcy proceedings and potential restructuring or liquidation

💬 One quote: “Like other companies in the electric vehicle industry, we have faced various market and macroeconomic headwinds that have impacted our ability to operate efficiently,” Fisker stated in its Chapter 11 filing

📈 One stat: Fisker delivered over 6,400 vehicles by mid-April before filing for bankruptcy

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