Another dozen workers have been laid off at the Fisker Automotive plant in Newark that has been backed by federal and state money to build hybrid-electric cars.
The layoffs took place on Friday and come as the company continues closed door talks with the US Department of Energy for a loan that could decide if Fisker ever builds a car in the First State.
Company spokesman Russell Datz told the Wilmington News Journal that Fisker is employing only a small maintenance team to protect the facility.
The layoffs included engineers working at the plant and maintenance technicians.
The paper reports that Fisker has cleared out the old equipment from the former GM facility but has yet to install new machinery to build its second electric-hybrid model – the $47-thousand Atlantic hybrid sedan.