Biden visit expected to bring good news

    Electric car company could be coming to the former GM plant near Newport, Delaware.

    Delaware is expected to get an economic shot in the arm during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Tuesday morning.  Biden will join Governor Jack Markell (D) at the site of the former GM assembly plant on Boxwood Road near Newport.  Biden and Markell are expected to announce the new tenants moving into the assembly plant as Fisker Automotive, a California company working on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

    According to the company’s website, “Fisker Automotive strives to be a serious environmental alternative to other premium performance luxury cars on the road today.  Fisker Automotive will be the first company in the world to have this type of a car on the road – a beautiful fast car that makes environmental sense.”

    The website says the company is expecting to start building about 15,000 cars a year, with pricing expected to start at $87,900.

    GM ceased operations at the Boxwood Road facility over the summer.  The plant most recently had produced the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky.  More than 1,000 workers lost their jobs when the plant was shut down.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.