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PostHeaderIcon The Fisker eMotion Has a Beautiful Interior

There are three screens up front for the driver

The Fisker eMotion’s debut at the Consumer Electronics Show caught a few people by surprise. The debut itself was expected, but the features in the car were more than what most people thought they’d be. The eMotion’s interior is a good example of that. In a word, it’s beautiful. That doesn’t come as a shock to those who know Henrik Fisker’s work, but in some ways, the legendary auto designer seems to have outdone himself this time.


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“A majority of the eMotion’s interior is covered in ultra-soft premium leather”

I’ll start with the interior color, which shows itself in heavy doses of Caramel and Midnight Black. These are solid color choices to complement the Sapphire Red exterior. A majority of the eMotion’s interior is covered in ultra-soft premium leather. You can see it by how many wrinkles the leather surfaces already have. Some folks may not like the sight of wrinkled leather, but it’s also a sign that the material is authentic. If leather isn’t your thing, Fisker is also offering a vegan option, a first in the auto industry.

The eMotion comes with four individual, electric adjustable first-class seats. There is an option, though, to remove the two rear seats and replace it with a rear bench-style seat. The cabin also has inductive charging ports and special holders for as many as four smartphones. The leather-covered dashboard makes space for a carbon fiber center console and extra storage space that can house tablets and other accessories. All these design elements seamlessly combine premium materials with modern design touches. Put them all together, and they make for a sublime interior package.


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“There are three driver-oriented screens, including a center curved screen”

Just as important, the eMotion’s interior isn’t lacking in technology. There are three driver-oriented screens, including a center curved screen. The automaker is also offering a 27-inch curved rear screen in case those sitting at a back would want one of their own. This screen is included in the “Chauffer Edition” of the electric car. Then there’s the four-zone electric adjustable tinted roof. It’s made from Electrochromic Glass that Fisker developed in collaboration with Lipik, a company best known for developing state-of-the-art glasses for the auto industry.

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Fisker eMotion Debuts with 24-inch Wheels, 400-Mile Range, and Level 4 Autonomous Capability


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PostHeaderIcon Fisker eMotion Debuts with 24-inch Wheels, 400-Mile Range, and Level 4 Autonomous Capability

That Means the eMotion...

The Fisker eMotion has officially spread its wings at the Consumer Electronics Show. Henrik Fisker’s latest pièce de résistance is every bit the car we expected it to be. It’s sharp as a tack, has aero bits for days, and carries what can only be described as one of the funkiest door configurations of any car we’ve seen in recent memory. If you thought the Tesla Model X’s falcon doors were treats for the senses, prepare yourselves for what the eMotion has to offer.


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“The new electric car is provocative to look at, but the doors are the real highlight of the exterior.”

The Fisker eMotion is a tremendous return to form for Henrik Fisker. Aesthetically, it looks like a proper sports car. It measures five meters (16.4 feet) long and 1.48 meters (4.8 feet) high. That makes it slightly longer and taller than the Porsche 911 Turbo, which comes in at 4.5 meters long (14.7 feet) and 1.29 meters (4.25 feet) high.

Carbon fiber and lightweight aluminum were used in building the car’s body panels. The panels themselves make up a significant part of the car’s aerodynamic features. The front spoiler, side rocker panels, and rear diffuser are all prominently seen in the design of the eMotion. The new electric car is provocative to look at, but the doors are the real highlight of the exterior. We’ve seen two-door models use butterfly doors before, but we’ve never seen a four-door model use a similar configuration. Fisker takes it to that level by giving the eMotion two butterfly doors in the front and two falcon doors in the back. Throw in the set of 24-inch low-rolling resistant Pirelli tires, and you’re looking at a car whose design can only come from the mind of Henrik Fisker.


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“On the performance end, the Fisker eMotion is tipped to have a top speed of 161 mph to go with an EV range of “more than” 400 miles”

On the performance end, the Fisker eMotion is tipped to have a top speed of 161 mph to go with an EV range of “more than” 400 miles. No details were given on the car’s EV powertrain, but Fisker did say that the eMotion will feature five Integrated Quanergy LIDARs that has the capability to achieve Level 4 autonomous driving. This system is made up of S3 solid-state LiDar Sensors that are integrated into different sections of the car, including one integrated behind the front wheel and another hidden in the lower rear rocker panel.

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PostHeaderIcon The Fisker EMotion Is A Four-Door Lamborghini with Butterfly Doors

It’s been around seven years since the Fisker Karma was a still a thing, and Henrik Fisker appears to be back in business with another company. With Fisker Automotive bankrupt since 2013 and the Fisker Karma revived by a Chinese company under a different name, Henrik founded Fisker Inc. in 2016 and set out to develop an all-electric sports car. Less than two years have passed since then, and Fisker unveiled his first automobile in years. It’s called the EMotion, it’s gorgeous to look at, and it has the coolest set of four doors ever created.


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“We've seen Lambos and McLarens with butterfly doors and Teslas with falcon doors, but the EMotion is probably the first four-door to bring together both designs”

We’ve seen Lambos and McLarens with butterfly doors and Teslas with falcon doors, but the EMotion is probably the first four-door to bring together both designs. It’s also the first production four-door to have unconventional doors (the Model X has regular doors up front). It’s like Fisker took the front half of a Lamborghini and welded it to the rear half of a Model X, and then redesigned the body until it came up with the hottest four-door coupe I’ve seen in years.

Butterfly doors go a long way back. While the Lamborghini Countach is probably the most iconic classic car to sport vertical doors, they were actually used for the first time by Alfa Romeo on the 33 Stradale, launched in 1967. Tesla’s falcon doors aren’t very original either. Mercedes first used them on a production model, the 300 SL “Gullwing,” in 1954 and since then we’ve seen them on a handful of cars, including the Bricklin SV-1 and the DeLorean DMC-12. What I’m trying to say is that Fisker Inc. took two classic design cues and gave them a modern twist on a four-door car. Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly revolutionary, but it’s the hottest thing since the Lambo Countach. Actually, it’s that four-door Lamborghini we’ve been dreaming of since forever.

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PostHeaderIcon Fisker eMotion Heads To CES 2018 With Solid-State Battery And Fast Charging

When it comes to automotive technology and the Consumer Electronics Show, anything and all things battery related is obviously quite the hot topic. This year is no different, and Fisker is looking to make a splash thanks to its new solid-state battery and fast charging on the soon-to-be-revealed eMotion sedan, as teased in a series of Tweets from the man himself, Mr. Henrik Fisker.

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“Stylistically, the eMotion is classic Fisker, combining elements of his work at Aston, Tesla, and of course, the Karma into a single package”

For those of you who may be unaware, Henrik Fisker is a Danish-born auto designer with a long, impressive resume. After getting his start at BMW, where he helped to pen the E1 electric concept, the Z07 concept (which later became the Z8), and the X5 SUV, Fisker made the move Aston Martin. There, he helped create such stunning beauties as the V8 Vantage. Later, he helped get the ball rolling on the original Tesla Model S.

In 2007, Fisker launched his own car company, creating the Fisker Karma hybrid sports car under the eponymous Fisker Automotive. While unquestionably good-looking and technologically impressive, the Karma ended up bankrupting the fledgling car company, with a variety of recalls issued concerning the battery’s tendency to spontaneously ignite.

Fast forward to 2016, and Fisker is back in the saddle, offering a new luxury sports hybrid dubbed the eMotion. Stylistically, the eMotion is classic Fisker, combining elements of his work at Aston, Tesla, and of course, the Karma into a single package. There are short overhangs (especially in back), cab-back proportions, high fender flares, large wheels, and wild-looking upward-flared doors.


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“Full details are expected during the eMotion's reveal, but we're expecting huge range potential (upwards of 400 miles when topped off, with the possibility for 500 miles), and charge times equivalent to that of a normal gasoline fill-up.”

While nice to look at, the eMotion secures its spot in the limelight at CES thanks to what’s going on underneath the skin, namely a solid-state battery pack and quick-charge feature. Full details are expected during the four-door’s reveal, but we’re expecting huge range potential (upwards of 400 miles when topped off, with the possibility for 500 miles), and charge times equivalent to that of a normal gasoline fill-up. If true, the new tech would address two of the biggest hurdles to widespread EV adoption.

But there’s more. Rather than using a liquid lithium-ion substance like traditional EV battery packs, Fisker’s new solid-state batteries are made from graphene, an ultra-thin honeycomb lattice that currently only exists in laboratory settings. As such, the batteries would also be lighter than lithium-ion equivalents, have a higher energy density, be less prone to thermal runaway, and incredibly, be cheaper to manufacture as well.

“Here’s to a “Solid” 2018, the year we decide when our solid state Battery technology goes into mass production,” Fisker tweeted out on December 31st.


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“In addition, it looks like the technology may be made more accessible some time in the foreseeable future.”

In addition, it looks like the technology may be made more accessible some time in the foreseeable future. In response to one of Fisker’s recent tweets, another Twitter user asked, “You will impress me when you make a 400 EV range for everyday people. We outnumber those that can afford your luxury model. Your revolution can only be carried out by the masses,” to which Fisker responded with, “That’s next on my agenda!”, suggesting a more affordable eMotion may already be in the works.

In addition to the new battery tech, Fisker will also show off the eMotion’s lidar system, which is presumably used to help it achieve high levels of autonomy.

Look for the full reveal of the Fikser eMotion on January 9th. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the latest.




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PostHeaderIcon Merry Christmas: Henrik Fisker Teases the EMotion’s Interior Just Weeks Before CES Debut

It’s been a long time coming, but the Fisker Emotion looks like it’ll be the best thing created since toilet paper… or… uh, at least since the Tesla Model S, anyway. Looking at the important bits – it could use Fisker’s new battery, so it’ll have 500 miles of range, it’s gorgeous, and is said to offer level 5 autonomy. Butterfly doors are also standard because, well, Fisker. But, the one thing we haven’t had the chance to lay eyes on yet is the interior, but that’s soon about the change as Fisker gears up for a full review at CES in January. And, before that happens, the man has decided to release a sketch showing off a basic design concept with a massive color palette followed by a shot of a door trim panel being wrapped in leather. Let’s check ‘em out…

Luxury of the Future

Fisker hasn’t exactly had the most amazing past, hitting several setbacks along his way, but he’s finally looking be at the top of his game, and maybe he really is redefining the future of luxury. What do you think?


Luxury Means Leather

Here, you can see part of a door trim panel, more specifically, the armrest being wrapped in the oh-so-fine leather as Team Fisker works to get the Emotion interior done before it debuts on Jan 9th at CES. What are your thoughts on this color choice?


References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Fisker Emotion.


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PostHeaderIcon Fisker’s Newest Project is an Electric Shuttle; Deliveries Start in Late-2018

Proclaimed as an “SUV you actually want to ride in,” Henrik Fisker has finally shown off his newest creation and the second model to be proposed for the Fisker lineup. Meet the Fisker Orbit, a model that Fisker claims will change the future of mobility forever, and has yet to go beyond the rendering stage, but is apparently slated for delivery starting in October of 2018 – that’s less than one year from the time of this writing. The company, via its Facebook page, said its an “electric, connected, autonomous shuttle for smart cities.” According to Boss Magazine, the new Orbit will be built in collaboration with Hakim Unique Group of China, a brand valued at $32 billion with 160 subsidiaries globally.

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The Orbit, a Chinese Company, New Technology


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“Orbit is something out of what we would see in a science fiction movie based in the distant future”

The rendered images of the Orbit Shuttle come just a few days after a partially blacked out image was showcased on Fisker’s Twitter page. According to the aforementioned Boss Magazine, Fisker and Hakim plan to “set a foundation” for self-driving transportation in U.S. Cities. So, it should go without saying that it will utilize the same technology found in the Fisker Emotion. As you can see from the available images, the Orbit is something out of what we would see in a science fiction movie based in the distant future. The glass can project and display test to give passersby or potential riders necessary information while the inside will likely serve as a platform for entertainment or, probably, advertisements.

“I am very excited about making the impossible, possible with intelligent urban ecosystems– starting with the development of one of the world’s most forward-thinking and uniquely designed electric, autonomous shuttles: The Fisker Orbit,” said Fisker. “Hakim Group is a very large group out of China that is already working on smart cities and many other things as well,” he continued, “They also own some areas of hospitals in L.A., coincidentally. I got to meet one of the group’s directors in L.A., and we got talking about the future of mobility.”


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“It’s still a little too early to believe that October 2018 delivery date, but you never know, it could very well happen”

With that said, it looks like Fisker may actually be the real deal this time around. With a company like Hakim as a partner, he’ll certainly have the funding needed to keep Fisker afloat. It’s still a little too early to believe that October 2018 delivery date, but you never know, it could very well happen. What do you think? Do you like the shuttle? Do you want to ride in it? Will you ride in it? Let us know in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon Fisker’s Newest Project is an Electric Shuttle; Deliveries Start in Late-2018

Proclaimed as an “SUV you actually want to ride in,” Henrik Fisker has finally shown off his newest creation and the second model to be proposed for the Fisker lineup. Meet the Fisker Orbit, a model that Fisker claims will change the future of mobility forever, and has yet to go beyond the rendering stage, but is apparently slated for delivery starting in October of 2018 – that’s less than one year from the time of this writing. The company, via its Facebook page, said its an “electric, connected, autonomous shuttle for smart cities.” According to Boss Magazine, the new Orbit will be built in collaboration with Hakim Unique Group of China, a brand valued at $32 billion with 160 subsidiaries globally.

Want to know more? Keep reading…

The Orbit, a Chinese Company, New Technology


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“Orbit is something out of what we would see in a science fiction movie based in the distant future”

The rendered images of the Orbit Shuttle come just a few days after a partially blacked out image was showcased on Fisker’s Twitter page. According to the aforementioned Boss Magazine, Fisker and Hakim plan to “set a foundation” for self-driving transportation in U.S. Cities. So, it should go without saying that it will utilize the same technology found in the Fisker Emotion. As you can see from the available images, the Orbit is something out of what we would see in a science fiction movie based in the distant future. The glass can project and display test to give passersby or potential riders necessary information while the inside will likely serve as a platform for entertainment or, probably, advertisements.

“I am very excited about making the impossible, possible with intelligent urban ecosystems– starting with the development of one of the world’s most forward-thinking and uniquely designed electric, autonomous shuttles: The Fisker Orbit,” said Fisker. “Hakim Group is a very large group out of China that is already working on smart cities and many other things as well,” he continued, “They also own some areas of hospitals in L.A., coincidentally. I got to meet one of the group’s directors in L.A., and we got talking about the future of mobility.”


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“It’s still a little too early to believe that October 2018 delivery date, but you never know, it could very well happen”

With that said, it looks like Fisker may actually be the real deal this time around. With a company like Hakim as a partner, he’ll certainly have the funding needed to keep Fisker afloat. It’s still a little too early to believe that October 2018 delivery date, but you never know, it could very well happen. What do you think? Do you like the shuttle? Do you want to ride in it? Will you ride in it? Let us know in the comments section below.

References


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What in the World is Henrik Fisker Working on Now?

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Read our full review on the 2018 Fisker EMotion.

PostHeaderIcon Fisker’s Newest Project is an Electric Shuttle; Deliveries Start in Late-2018

Proclaimed as an “SUV you actually want to ride in,” Henrik Fisker has finally shown off his newest creation and the second model to be proposed for the Fisker lineup. Meet the Fisker Orbit, a model that Fisker claims will change the future of mobility forever, and has yet to go beyond the rendering stage, but is apparently slated for delivery starting in October of 2018 – that’s less than one year from the time of this writing. The company, via its Facebook page, said its an “electric, connected, autonomous shuttle for smart cities.” According to Boss Magazine, the new Orbit will be built in collaboration with Hakim Unique Group of China, a brand valued at $32 billion with 160 subsidiaries globally.

Want to know more? Keep reading…

The Orbit, a Chinese Company, New Technology


Fisker's Newest Project is an Electric Shuttle; Deliveries Start in Late-2018 - image 749323
“Orbit is something out of what we would see in a science fiction movie based in the distant future”

The rendered images of the Orbit Shuttle come just a few days after a partially blacked out image was showcased on Fisker’s Twitter page. According to the aforementioned Boss Magazine, Fisker and Hakim plan to “set a foundation” for self-driving transportation in U.S. Cities. So, it should go without saying that it will utilize the same technology found in the Fisker Emotion. As you can see from the available images, the Orbit is something out of what we would see in a science fiction movie based in the distant future. The glass can project and display test to give passersby or potential riders necessary information while the inside will likely serve as a platform for entertainment or, probably, advertisements.

“I am very excited about making the impossible, possible with intelligent urban ecosystems– starting with the development of one of the world’s most forward-thinking and uniquely designed electric, autonomous shuttles: The Fisker Orbit,” said Fisker. “Hakim Group is a very large group out of China that is already working on smart cities and many other things as well,” he continued, “They also own some areas of hospitals in L.A., coincidentally. I got to meet one of the group’s directors in L.A., and we got talking about the future of mobility.”


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“It’s still a little too early to believe that October 2018 delivery date, but you never know, it could very well happen”

With that said, it looks like Fisker may actually be the real deal this time around. With a company like Hakim as a partner, he’ll certainly have the funding needed to keep Fisker afloat. It’s still a little too early to believe that October 2018 delivery date, but you never know, it could very well happen. What do you think? Do you like the shuttle? Do you want to ride in it? Will you ride in it? Let us know in the comments section below.

References


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What in the World is Henrik Fisker Working on Now?

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Read our full review on the 2018 Fisker EMotion.

PostHeaderIcon Fisker’s New Battery Patent Promises 500-Mile Range; One-Minute Charging

Fisker, the company that has worked diligently to bring about a dead-to-rights Tesla Model S fighter, has just announced a new battery patent that promises a new technology capable of ranges exceeding 500 miles and one-minute recharging. Let me say that again: One-minute recharging.

Details are still rather thin at this point, but we have learned that Fisker’s new power storage technology will allow the company to build solid-state batteries with lots of surface area in comparison to the current thin-film solid-state electrodes currently in development and use. This ultimately means better conductivity below the shell which, in turn, makes for a battery that works better in cold weather and charges faster. Keep in mind; this is why lithium-ion batteries are the go-to right now for EVs – the current capabilities of solid-state batteries are insufficient and low conductivity levels is a primary cause of this. So, if what Fisker is saying is true, the company could have just solved a very big problem and could, very well, usher in the next generation of battery technology.

Of course, Fisker isn’t the only company gunning for solid-state batteries, and Toyota has even promised its battery would be put to use in electric cars by 2022, just two years sooner than what Fisker claims it can do. Then again, Toyota hasn’t proved its technology, so it still has the same burden that has now be thrust onto Fisker’s shoulders as well. It’s obviously an arms race in which the winner will reign supreme in the EV world. In the end, Fisker if lofting out claims for density 2.5 times that of current lithium-ion batters, which means these babies could charge in minutes and offer up ranges of 500 miles. Just think, you can pull into a “gas station” and by the time you make up your hot dogs, buy a beverage, and take a leak, you’re EV is good for another 500 miles. Range Anxiety? Not in this future. The question now is: Who’s going to deliver on these lofty promises first?

Toyota still has a few years, and the man behind Fisker isn’t exactly working with a full deck of successful resumes either. He hasn’t exactly been the most successful cat on the street, and he promises an advanced battery in the Emotion just to retract his claims. But, for EVs to be truly successful, this is the kind of technology we need, and if we’re really this close – Toyota claims 2022 and Fisker 2024 – we’ll certainly be seeing it happen in most of our lifetimes. And, once that technology is there, there isn’t really a need for the ICE anymore either now is there?

Have something on your mind? Let us know in the comments section below. We’re curious as to what you think about these hefty claims.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Fisker EMotion Prototype Revealed – Reservations Start At $2,000

Premium all-electric sports car fans, say hello to the latest four-door vying for your lust and adoration. It’s called the EMotion, and it comes from Henrik Fisker, the renowned auto designer who gave shape to rides like the Aston Martin DB9 and VLF Force 1 V10, among others. The EMotion is Fisker’s second attempt at creating an electrified performance machine, following the Karma hybrid sedan unveiled back in 2011. While attractive and technologically impressive, the Karma was a bit too complicated for its own good, resulting in the occasional parking lot fire and not much success. But now, the calendar says 2017, and the EMotion looks like a solid effort that could very well avoid the shortcomings of the Karma and redeem the Fisker nameplate.

Fisker revealed a picture of the official prototype model in a tweet, following up with a video on the Fisker website. The specs are impressive – up to 400 miles is possible between charge-ups, while just 9 minutes will yield as much as 125 miles, beating the Tesla Supercharger system by a wide margin (30 minutes for 170 miles). Thing is, our friends over at electrek report the EMotion will run on regular old lithium-ion batteries, rather than a graphene supercapacitor promised before, so we wouldn’t be surprised if those numbers changed, although the Fisker website is still claiming the figures above. Either way, Fisker is taking pre-orders now, asking $2,000 for a deposit. Pricing is set at $130,000. Tune in tomorrow for the official debut.

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PostHeaderIcon Fisker EMotion Prototype Revealed – Reservations Start At $2,000

Premium all-electric sports car fans, say hello to the latest four-door vying for your lust and adoration. It’s called the EMotion, and it comes from Henrik Fisker, the renowned auto designer who gave shape to rides like the Aston Martin DB9 and VLF Force 1 V10, among others. The EMotion is Fisker’s second attempt at creating an electrified performance machine, following the Karma hybrid sedan unveiled back in 2011. While attractive and technologically impressive, the Karma was a bit too complicated for its own good, resulting in the occasional parking lot fire and not much success. But now, the calendar says 2017, and the EMotion looks like a solid effort that could very well avoid the shortcomings of the Karma and redeem the Fisker nameplate.

Fisker revealed a picture of the official prototype model in a tweet, following up with a video on the Fisker website. The specs are impressive – up to 400 miles is possible between charge-ups, while just 9 minutes will yield as much as 125 miles, beating the Tesla Supercharger system by a wide margin (30 minutes for 170 miles). Thing is, our friends over at electrek report the EMotion will run on regular old lithium-ion batteries, rather than a graphene supercapacitor promised before, so we wouldn’t be surprised if those numbers changed, although the Fisker website is still claiming the figures above. Either way, Fisker is taking pre-orders now, asking $2,000 for a deposit. Pricing is set at $130,000. Tune in tomorrow for the official debut.

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PostHeaderIcon Henrik Fisker Teases New Car With Butterfly Doors

Earlier this month, Henrik Fisker announced that he was launching Fisker Incan all-new car company that will (hopefully) be more successful than the original Fisker Automotive that bankrupt years back. As part of the announcement, Fisker claimed that he was working on an all-new “luxury EV sedan” that will boast a 400-mile range and take on the Tesla Model S. There are also plans for a compact EV sedan to take on the Tesla Model 3. It’s really hard to take Fisker’s word for it considering the way his first car company failed so badly, but Fisker recently posted a teaser image on Twitter, and it looks like we should probably take the man seriously.

As is the usual case with teaser images, we can’t get the whole picture, but the car is boasting butterfly doors in the front and rear. The roof looks to slope downward fairly gently, similar to that of the new Porsche Panamera. Ahead of the front doors, there could be a small fender vent, but with the doors open and the picture shadowed it’s hard to tell – that could simply be the opening in the body for the front door. To the front, it looks like the front fascia is as dominating as the front wheel arches. There are two small wings on the fascia just ahead of the front wheels and an LED strip accenting the fenders.

Fisker claims that this new EV will be a “spiritual successor” to the Karma and from what we can see, that could be the case. The front and rear overhangs are a little shorter than that of the original Karma, but this car certainly has an elegant silhouette against that sunset. IT does look like the car will ride rather low to the ground and sport large wheels with thin tires. The rear taillights also look to come in LED form. Fisker claims that more will be announced next week, so stay tuned for updates.


PostHeaderIcon Karma Automotive Set To Make Return With Renamed Model

Karma Automotive, the company once known as Fisker Automotive, is prepared to re-enter the automotive market with a new luxury electric car that it hopes to formally unveil in July or August 2016. The model has been dubbed the Revero and while it will look exactly the same as the car it is succeeding – the Fisker Karma – everything else about will be completely different. For instance, the Revero will make use of electric vehicle control and charging systems from BMW AG as part of an agreement to the sides reached in 2015.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Karma’s chief marketing officer, Jim Taylor commented on the upcoming return of the company, which will now be under the ownership of Chinese auto parts company Wanxiang Group. The company decided to rename itself in part because it wanted to avoid any kind of association with its previous incarnation, which was forced to file for bankruptcy back in 2012 because of a flawed business model.

Other than the name of the company and the model itself, pretty much everything about Karma Automotive is different. For instance, production has been moved to California from Finland. The automaker currently has 500 employees, most of whom are located in Costa Mesa, California. It also has a new 556,000-square foot factory in Moreno Valley, also in California. Even the Rivero is being overhauled to become a more rounded model than the Fisker Karma ever was. According to Taylor, the Rivero will have “serious, major upgrades throughout the electronics systems, wiring, charging, battery.”

No mention of price was mentioned but Taylor did say that Karma plans to start taking orders for the Rivero shortly after its scheduled unveiling in July or August 2016. In the meantime, the automaker has put its attention on holding events for owners of the Fisker Karma and its engineers are providing service and system upgrades for the old models.

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PostHeaderIcon Henrik Fisker Design Unveils New Superyacht Concept

Henrik Fisker made his reputation in the design community by being the eye behind the aesthetics of such cars like the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8, and the now-discontinued Fisker Karma electric car. The man’s design chops are certainly worth appreciating and in the years since, Fisker has added to his design portfolio with works like the VLF Destino, Force 1, and the Ford Mustang Rocket. He’s even branched out and designed motorcycles. But none of his past works come anywhere close to the sheer magnitude of his latest project: the Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht.

Yes, it’s a yacht, and a super one at that. The Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht is a result of a collaboration between the Danish designer and the Italian shipyard. It measures 164 feet long and is pegged to be built using materials like carbon fiber, reclaimed wood, and other items of the exotic variety. Fisker calls it a “new breed of luxury yacht” and judging by the kind of amenities it has, the man might even be restrained in his choice of words.

So, here’s the lowdown on the enormous, three-deck Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht. It has roof-mounted solar panels, reclaimed wood decks, a spacious salon, a top-deck lounge, swimming pool, sunbathing decks, and a “beach club” swim platform. It also has as many as six guest cabins and quarters for as many as 11 crew members. All of that and I still haven’t touched on the master suite, which is a whole new level of opulence on its own. Consider that this massive room comes with owns library, fold-down balcony, fireplace, starlight ceiling, walk-in closets, and a private staircase that leads to a private home theater.

In terms of power, the Benetti Fisker 50 is said to have the chops to travel at speeds of 15.5 knots or cover 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots before needing to refuel. Hybrid power also comes as an option, something we ought to expect Fisker had something to do.

If your head hasn’t exploded yet, you’ll be comforted to know that owning a Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht comes with its own perils, especially to one’s bank account. Not that it matters to any of us, but according to Benetti, the cost of having one of these built amounts to about $37 million, or about the price of a baseball team’s worth of Ferrari LaFerraris.

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PostHeaderIcon Henrik Fisker Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Aston Martin

Aston Martin and Henrik Fisker are back in each others cross hairs. The former Aston Martin designer uncorked the latest haymaker in the form of a $100 million lawsuit, accusing his former employer of committing civil extortion. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. Federal District Court, claims that Aston Martin sent Fisker a “threatening letter” pertaining to the latter’s new Force 1 supercar that he planned to display at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Apparently, Aston Martin believes that the design of the Force One supercar has too many similarities to the Aston Martin DB10 even though the British luxury marque acknowledged that it wasn’t privy to the final design of the Force One. For his part, Fisker immediately took action, arguing that Aston Martin’s allegations were completely baseless because the company’s claims was based solely on a teaser image of the supercar.

Fisker’s lawyer, Jonathan A. Michaels of MLG Automotive Law, added that Aston Martin simply felt “threatened” to see its former designer return to the market to compete against the company. Michaels threw extra shade in Aston Martin’s direction, saying that the company hasn’t done anything remotely close to ground-breaking ever since the designer left the company. Fisker himself lobbed his own personal grenade in Aston Martin’s direction, claiming that the company is simply “trying to intimidate me to prop up their own flailing company and to mask their financial and product deficiencies. I refuse to be intimidated and that is the reason for today’s filing.” Fighting words, indeed.

Both Henrik Fisker and MLG Automotive Law are seeking punitive damages, court costs and compensatory damages from Aston Martin at a value of not less than $100 million.

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PostHeaderIcon Karma Automotive Signs Supply Agreement With BMW

Back in October, we reported that auto manufacturer Fisker had been acquired by the Wanxian Group out of China and that the Fisker name had been officially changed to Karma. At the time, there was no timetable for the release of a new model under the Karma brand name. We now know that Karma should launch its flagship, plug-in hybrid sometime in 2016, but there is even bigger news surrounding Karma and its launch of a new vehicle. I’ll give you a hint – it involves one of Germany’s best: BMW.

Just today, Karma dropped a press release announcing that BMW has agreed to supply the reborn auto manufacturer with its latest and greatest powertrain components. This includes BMW’s high voltage battery charging systems and a number of hybrid and EV systems. Karma’s CEO, Tom Corcoran said, “The Wanxiang Group is giving Karma Automotive the opportunity to bring a stunning car back to the market, and the partnership with BMW and their outstanding track record is a great fit for the future. We will continue to develop beautiful cars with the latest cutting edge hybrid and EV technology.”

Karma has said that the next generation of vehicles that is already being developed will use more of BMW’s powertrain technology, but at this time, we don’t know how much will go into the plug-in hybrid that is slated for release in 2016. Will using parts supplied by BMW help Karma be more successful than Fisker was in its day? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, throwing in some German engineering sure won’t hurt anything.

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PostHeaderIcon Fisker Announces New Customer Support Program

Fisker is still probably a long way off from building new cars anytime soon (if ever), but to avoid hanging Karma owners out to dry with no warranties, the company announced a new customer service program that will provide OEM parts and continued maintenance services. Current owners are covered for repairs costing up to $2,000, while original owners get another $2,000 for parts and $1,000 for labor. Service centers have been established at existing Fisker dealers in most major cities across the country.

Between the two most well known American-based electric car start-up companies, Fisker definitely came out on the losing end. The company founded by former Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker declared bankruptcy in 2013 as a result of supply chain problems and recalls. China’s Wanxiang Group purchased the Fisker brand and its assets in 2014, and aside from a possible name change to Elux, that’s pretty much the last we’ve heard of the company.

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Fisker Announces New Customer Support Program originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 7 May 2015 07:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Rocket by Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports

While Ford was busy making a huge splash with the 2016 Mustang GT350, Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports pulled the covers off their super-Mustang creation, the Rocket. But this isn’t a one-off SEMA late-comer, it’s the first in a series of low-volume Mustangs set for production by GAS.

Fisker and GAS president Beau Boeckmann first started working on the idea after the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance back in August 2014. The two worked feverously to ready the design sketches and performance upgrades for the car — and boy, has it paid off.

The Rocket features a substantially reworked body with a new front end, hood, and wider fenders — all crafted from carbon fiber. Under the Rocket’s hood lies the Mustang GT’s original 5.0-liter V-8 but with a Whipple supercharger forcing air down its throat. The spinning screws give the Coyote engine an impressive 725 horsepower. It’s all routed through the ‘Stang’s six-speed manual gearbox.

Fisker and the guys at GAS didn’t stop there. The suspension is updated with fully adjustable shocks, enabling owners to dial in the style of performance they want. Large, 21-inch wheels are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero rubber.

The Mustang Rocket will be available in very limited numbers though Galpin’s Ford dealer network or the select hand-picked Ford dealers around the world. While the company hasn’t given any official word on pricing, the talk around the LA Auto Show floor put its sticker price just over the $100,000 mark.

Updated 03/12/2015: Galpin unveiled the first images of first production Rocket – a car dressed in a beautiful black with exposed carbon fiber racing stripes. The car was presented at Amelia Island.

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Ford Mustang Rocket by Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:30 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Fisker To "Elux"; Karma Will Be Relaunched In 2016

Tesla is making headlines left and right these days, but a few years ago, when Tesla was first born, there was a second budding American car company that also wanted to make its mark on the electric car market, Fisker.

Born from the brain of the legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker, the man that helped bring us the Aston Martin DB9, Fisker Automotive was created to meld the sex and excitement of the automobile with building materials and drivetrains that were far more ecologically conscious. The result was a stunning machine named the Karma, which used an EV drivetrain with a gasoline range extender, similar to the Chevrolet Volt and BMW i3. Sadly in 2013, just two years after production started, the company filed for bankruptcy.

Since the bankruptcy, a Chinese parts company called the Wanxiang Group snapped up Fisker, and now Reuters is reporting that the automaker will be reborn under the name Elux.

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Fisker To "Elux"; Karma Will Be Relaunched In 2016 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:30 EST.

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