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Energy Department To Sell Fisker Loan

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Henrik Fisker, former executive chairman and founder of Fisker Automotive testifies before the Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee during a hearing on Capitol Hill April 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on Fisker's collapse after receiving a $529 million federal loan in 2009. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Henrik Fisker, former executive chairman and founder of Fisker Automotive testifies before the Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee during a hearing on Capitol Hill April 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on Fisker’s collapse after receiving a $529 million federal loan in 2009. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department says it is selling a $192 million loan made to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc.

The sale, to be held next month, is the latest setback for a half-billion-dollar loan guarantee offered to the California car maker in 2009 as part of the Obama administration’s program to promote green energy.

The administration suspended the loan in 2011, after Fisker failed to meet a series of Energy Department benchmarks. Fisker has not produced a vehicle in more than a year and has laid off three-fourths of its workers.

Fisker had received $192 million before the loan was frozen. The DOE says it has recouped about $28 million since then; the auction will allow the government to collect as much of the remaining $164 million as possible.

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