Fisker Emotion EV due at CES with 'game-changing' batteries
Henrik Fisker’s latest project, the Emotion, has been revealed in pictures…
Company founder Henrik Fisker said new model has batteries capable of nine-minute fast charging
The Fisker Emotion electric car will make its public debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week – and a new picture has shown the car that’ll be displayed.
Due to arrive in the UK in 2020, offering a 400-mile-plus range from its electric powertrain, the Emotion is claimed to feature “state of the art” graphene solid-state batteries that can receive 125 miles of charge in as little as nine minutes.
Company boss Henrik Fisker told Autocar that this is possible thanks to the batteries’ “world-highest energy density” – 2.5 times that of lithium ion batteries.
The Emotion, which is said to have a top speed of 161mph, will be autonomous-capable and able to connect to its environment – necessary puzzle pieces for full driverless capability. Key to its autonomous functions will be a lidar sensor, hidden in the car’s front central darkened area. This can map the world around the car in 3D.
In an earlier conversation with Autocar, Fisker claimed that clever packaging enabled leg room and interior space to be maximised in the Emotion. “The entire cabin has been moved forward very much, and we lowered the bonnet of the vehicle to get better aerodynamics,” he said. “Because of the better packaging of an EV model, we have been able to create a more dynamic and sporty design but the leg room is on par with large luxury saloons.”
Fisker said that he decided to “take a risk to change the proportions” because he wants the new model’s design to be original. “It’s a risk because people aren’t used to it,” he explained.
The finished car will be launched as the first model from Fisker Inc. It will be an expensive low-volume model with a carbonfibre and aluminium structure and batteries stored low in its floor.
The car will be built by VLF – a manufacturer Fisker partly owns – and will have the necessary hardware for autonomous driving modes. The software for this will be developed and supplied by external companies, in a move that Fisker believes will help to streamline costs and maximise efficiency.
When the car goes on sale in the US in 2019, it’ll be priced from $129,900 (£96,071 at current exchange rates).
Fisker has recently filed for patents securing solid state battery technology that it claims will enable a 500-mile range and charging that can take just one minute. It said that the technology could be production ready for automotive platforms as soon as 2023, but that non-automotive applications may be able to utilise it earlier.
“It used to be about the efficiency of the gasoline engine,” said Fisker. “Now, it’s all about who breaks the code and smashes the barriers to future battery technologies that will enable mass market electrification.”
Second model to follow
Fisker also told Autocar that there will also be a second, higher volume and lower cost model to follow. He said: “Production for that will be handled by an established car maker, because the established car brands have really mastered high-volume, high-quality car production”.
While he refrained from going into further detail as to what brand he hopes would produce this car, Fisker did at least confirm the model will be built upon a modular EV platform. “It will be scalable, so more models can be created from it in the future,” he said.
Source: Autocar Online