CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Fisker sees Karma production restart 'couple of months' away
(Corrects spelling of Fisker executive's first name to "Barny" not "Barney," first paragraph)
GENEVA, March 5 (Reuters) - The production restart for Fisker Automotive Inc's flagship Karma plug-in hybrid vehicle is a "couple of months" away, Fisker co-founder Barny Koehler said on Tuesday.
The "green car" startup has not built a vehicle since last July.
The restart is contingent on a deal with Fisker's battery supplier, A123 Systems Inc, which was purchased by Wanxiang Group, China's largest auto parts maker.
"We need batteries," Koehler told Reuters in a brief interview on the sidelines of the Geneva car show on Tuesday.
He also reiterated that the automaker is in talks with several companies about forming a strategic partnership.
He declined to identify the companies, but people familiar with the matter have said China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd is favored in the deal.
Such a pact would give Fisker the funds to build its second model, the Atlantic plug-in hybrid. A deal might also help the automaker gain favor with investors after a string of recalls and financial setbacks last year cast doubt on its survival.
Last month, Fisker said it expected to restart production "fairly soon." (For more on the Geneva car show: ) (Writing by Mark Potter; editing by Alison Birrane and Matthew Lewis)
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