After his first automotive venture went bust and was salvaged by the Chinese, Henrik Fisker is giving the car-making business another shot with his brand new EMotion electric car.
A far cry from the Karma sedan, which had more style than substance, the EMotion places a higher emphasis on practicality but still manages to look sporty, featuring a more wedge-shape profile that optimizes interior room. Some design elements like the flared fenders and wheel haunches bear a relationship with the Karma.
The perculiar electric car is constructed out of carbon fibre and aluminum, further lending to its sporty credentials, and supposedly provides “superb rear legroom” compared to the cramped Karma. The company stated:
“Fisker has taken advantage of the newly developed electric powertrain layout by pushing the vehicle’s entire interior compartment forward and increasing the wheelbase with distinctively short front and rear overhangs, a layout that increases the interior space.”
Speaking of electric powertrain, the EMotion sources its energy from an innovative, company-built battery pack that should allow it to travel up to 400 mile (644 kilometers) on a single charge. It is capable of a top speed of 161 miles per hour (259 kilometers per hour) and delivers a “superior driving experience.”
Just like its closest competitor, the Tesla Model 3 mostly, it will eventually be equipped with autonomous driving capabilities, though Fisker admits the technology is not quite ready and will come from a third-party supplier.
The Fisker EMotion electric goes on sale shortly after its unveiling sometime in 2017. From what you’ve seen and heard of it, should Tesla be worried?
Fisker EMotion Goes After Tesla Model S With 400-Mile Range, Super-Fast Charging
Back from the grave and still gunning for Tesla, Fisker used the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show to debut the striking EMotion, a midsize electric car that takes direct aim at the Tesla Model S with a driving range of over 400 miles and ultra-fast charging.
The EMotion is Fisker’s second attempt at an electric car after the original Fisker Karma failed to take off. Unlike the Karma, which was a range-extended electric vehicle featuring a gasoline engine as backup, the EMotion is pure-electric and offers far more range.
Unique Butterfly doors that can be opened via the driver’s smartphone provide access to an interior that has enough roof for either four or five passengers and features a large iPad-like screen for infotainment duties. Rear seat passengers get to enjoy a 27-inch screen and an electrochromic glass roof that can easily switch from transparent to fully tinted with the push of a button.
If leather seats aren’t your thing, Fisker also offers a vegan option.
The company hopes to disrupt the EV market with a solid-state battery that it produced in collaboration with Sakti3. Although the EMotion is said to have a range of 400+ miles, the ‘breakthrough’ battery technology can supposedly deliver a range of more than 500 miles on a single charge and has reduced charging times of as low as one minute.
Lidar sensors provide level 4 autonomous driving capability, while top speed is reached at 161 mph.
The Fisker EMotion is priced at $129,000 in the United States and is slated to go on sale in 2019. Would you choose it over a Tesla Model S or any other electric car?
Karma Revero Plug-in Hybrid Gets Detailed
Karma Automotive has released full details about the Karma Revero, formerly the Fisker Karma.
Owned by Wanxiang, the Chinese upstart acquired the rights to plug-in vehicle company Fisker’s assets back in 2014 after a year long bankruptcy proceedings and has worked since that time to reintroduce the Karma sedan to market.
The Revero is essentially an updated version of the Karma that, with the exception of new emblems and a slightly revised grille and headlights, still boasts the same overall design. The interior offers seating for only four occupants but features a thoroughly-redesigned infotainment system.
The highly-stylized plug-in hybrid sedan is powered by a gasoline-electric powertrain that consists of a 260-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from General Motors and a compact electric motor energized by a 21.4-kWh battery pack, a setup that allows it to drive for up to 50 miles (80 km) on electricity alone.
Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) can be done in 5.4 seconds when both power sources are operating together.
A huge solar panel on the roof generates enough energy to power the Revero for about a mile and a half in ideal weather conditions (a hot summer day, likely).
The Karma Revero is currently on sale with a base price of $130,000 (before options and government incentives) in the United States. It will be interesting to see if it has more success than the Fisker Karma.
Fisker Automotive May Start Making Electric Cars Again
Having failed miserably at the electric car game and as a competitor to Tesla Motors, Fisker Automotive is reportedly getting ready to re-enter the luxury EV segment.
As a startup, Fisker was poorly mismanaged and went bankrupt in the blink of an eye, having only built 2,600 Karma sedans while Tesla enjoys much better success with its Model S. The company was purchased and restructured by Chinese holding firm Wanxiang, and now they are just about ready to restart operations.
According to the , Fisker’s current office in Costa Mesa, California, is currently humming with around 200 employees scurrying about. A new 556,000-square-foot assembly plant is under construction and, when complete, should add an additional 150 employees to help build future models.
It looks like Fisker Automotive has a second lease. Let’s hope it does waste.