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Fisker EMotion Takes EV Performance and Design to New Heights

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【Summary】The unit is packed with a patent-pending battery (li-ion NMC battery cells) that offers up to 400 miles per charge, capable of facilitating a top speed of 161 miles per hour. The all-electric sedan will debut with a price tag of $130,000.

Michael Cheng    Jun 20, 2017 11:57 AM PT
Fisker EMotion Takes EV Performance and Design to New Heights

Most of Tesla's challenges are not related to its competitors, as the company is dominating the EV sector with ease. However, there is one brand that could shake up the current rankings in the industry – Henrik Fisker.

To date, the iconic Danish designer has one of the most decorated and impressive set of accomplishments in automotive design. He is widely known for pioneering the BMW Z8, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Artega GT. Now he's back to launch a new all-electric car that will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model S. Created under Fisker Inc., the EMotion is a very powerful car that will set new standards for EV manufacturers.

Setting Records

When the EMotion was previewed last year, it generated a lot of interest from consumers who are serious about the electrification of luxury cars. When the business released the official specs for the vehicle earlier this month, it's easy to see why. The unit is packed with a patent-pending battery (li-ion NMC battery cells) that offers up to 400 miles per charge, capable of facilitating a top speed of 161 miles per hour. That's way over the range threshold of the Tesla Model S, at roughly 350 miles per charge.

Additionally, the EMotion features fast charging, capable of hitting around 25 percent in under 9 minutes via UltraCharger technology. At this rate, the car could charge in roughly the same time it takes to put gas in a fuel-powered car. So far, we know this unit does not use traditional lithium-ion power cells, based on these features. According to BGR, the company is using new technology that leverages supercapacitors using graphene.

"The challenge with using graphene in a supercapacitor in the past has been that you don't have the same density and ability to store as much energy," said Jack Kavanaugh, formerly with Nanotech Energy and has now partnered with Fisker to form Fisker Nanotech. "We have solved that issue with technology we are working on. Altering the structure of the graphene has allowed them to improve the supercapacitor's energy density."

Pricing and Autonomous Driving

The EMotion is a future-forward vehicle, equipped with LIDAR sensors neatly tucked away at the front of the car. It's not clear what level of autonomy the unit will receive, but at the very least it is reassuring to know it will eventually become driverless – adding more value to the car. It is unlikely that the EV will launch with self-driving features; the company will probably activate autonomous driving after the release.

The highly anticipated EV is expected to launch on August 17. It will be released internationally, which shows the level of confidence Fisker has in the EMotion. The all-electric sedan will debut with a price tag of $130,000. Fisker admits this model is not for mass markets, as it will be low volume. Individuals who don't want to spend six figures on a Fisker EV should wait for the second model. The company confirmed it is working on a high volume EV, which will be produced by an established automaker.

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