Designer Henrik Fisker offers an EV using graphene cells
【Summary】According to a later report by Reuters, Fisker said the new battery technology uses graphene to reduce charging time and extend both its range and operating life, but refuse to release more details on the new product.
By Claire Pu
Famous Danish automobile designer Henrik Fisker recently told Bloomberg he is relaunching his namesake company Fisker Inc. and will put on market a groundbreaking new car in the second half of 2017. It is claimed to be a 400-mile range electric vehicle that use revolutionary batteries made of graphene cells.
"We have really been working in stealth mode," Fisker told the Bloomberg reporter. "For the last two years, I have been looking at battery technologies and wanted to see if there was something that could really give us a new paradigm. We had the strategy of developing the technology as fast as possible without getting tied down to a large organization, which would hold us back. Now we have the technology that nobody else has. And there is nobody even close to what we are doing out there."
According to a later report by Reuters, Fisker said the new battery technology uses graphene to reduce charging time and extend both its range and operating life, but refuse to release more details on the new product.
The battery's research and production is under the designer and entrepreneur's other new venture Fisker Nanotech, which focuses on EV batteries. And the technology comes from a research conducted at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Fisker also mentioned that part of his plan is not only putting forward the revolutionary new EV, but also selling the battery technology to major car manufacturers. He is estimating the car's later version to be around the price of $40,000.
"It will be sporty and spacious. And you've got to make something look beautiful—there is no excuse for making an ugly car, even with new technology—so it will definitely have some of my signature elements." Fisker told Bloomberg, emphasizing that the car's look will be completely different from any car on the market.
Henrik Fisker as a legendary designer created a series of famous iconic cars such as Aston Martins, BMV Z8 and an eye-catching Fisker Karma range-extended luxury sedan. He founded Fisker Automotive in 2007 and put forward the luxury car. It was the world's first premium plug-in hybrid and received a handful of awards including the International Design Awards Project Design of the Year, and Time's 50 Best Inventions of 2011.
Although Fisker Karma received widespread accolades, the vehicle, when launched in 2012, was encountering its battery supplier A123 Systems' two-time battery recall. A123 later filed for bankruptcy, leaving Fisker Karma without a battery supplier. After selling less than 3,000 units, the iconic car suspended production. The following year, Fisker Automotive filed for bankruptcy.
Despite of the failure, Fisker is determined to make a comeback. The relaunching of his company this month and the new EV car coming next year show his aspirations
Claire Peng has over 6 years of professional experience in the media industry, covering TV, newspaper and online media. She was once a reporter and producer for Fairchild Television based in Toronto Canada, and worked as an English news reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. She writes mainly about self-driving, companies investment, and the enterprise lab.
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