Fisker EMotion Electric Car Previewed Ahead Of August Reveal


Time was when a the first time a new car got shown to the public was at an event called a reveal. Now, the industry likes to tease the public with photos that show only portions of an upcoming new car in what might be termed a pre-reveal. The Fisker EMotion electric car is getting just such pre-reveal treatment this week. The company has just released a photo of the front of the car to whet people’s appetites.

Fisker E Motion electric car

Henrik Fisker is a respected automotive designer who previously worked for BMW and Aston Martin, among others. His first attempt at designing an electric car resulted in the Fisker Karma. It was actually more of a hybrid with a 4 cylinder Chevy engine wedged in under the hood. When the Tesla Model S was introduced, sales of the Karma plummeted and the company went bankrupt. It has now re-emerged as Karma Automotive.

Henrik Fisker is back with an all new company, one he claims will make a fast-charging, long-range electric car that has no battery. Instead, it will employ graphene-based ultracapacitors. The technology breakthrough comes courtesy of Nanotech Energy, a UCLA research group that specializes in perfecting graphene energy storage devices.

“Graphene shows a higher electron mobility, meaning that electrons can move faster through it. This will charge a battery much faster,” says Lucia Gauchia, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and energy storage systems at Michigan Technological University. “Graphene is also lighter and it can present a higher active surface, so that more charge can be stored.”

Jack Kavanaugh, formerly with Nanotech Energy, has now partnered with Henrik Fisker to form Fisker Nanotech. “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,” Kavanaugh says. “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.”

In addition to its cutting-edge electricity storage feature, Fisker says the EMotion will be lighter than a comparable car because it will feature a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber in its construction.

August 17 is now scheduled to be the day when the entire Fisker EMotion is revealed for all the world to see. We know the car will feature four butterfly doors. Fisker also says it will have a range of 400 miles. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in mid 2018.

Source: Inside EVs

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  • J_JamesM

    So… many… crinkles…

    • Steve Hanley

      It is not a thing of beauty, is it?

      • J_JamesM

        It looks like a Decepticon robot with bad Botox.

        • Steve Hanley

          Or a late model Pontiac Firebird TransAm GTO Super Duper Duty. All it needs is a Thunder Chicken decal for the hood!

      • Kieran Delaney

        I was thinking the same thing…it’s hideous. Tesla and NIO are my favourite EV companies for looks…then Lucid and Rimac.

        Fisker needs to just give up already, in my opinion.

        • Steve Hanley

          The graphene battery/ultracap technology may prove interesting. The car? Meehh.

  • dogphlap dogphlap

    Long range electric car with graphene-based ultracapacitors and no battery is the real story here. The claim is so outrageous that it better be true or any credibility this company and Mr Fisker may have is heading for the trash can. My gut feeling is that this claim is not true, maybe a bit of graphene in an ultracapacitor forming a compound ultracapacitor+lithium ion cell/battery would be my guess but the article states no battery. Gut feelings have no value and I’d really like this to be true but then wishful thinking has no value either. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

  • dogphlap dogphlap

    +Steve Hanley
    Will this car be sold through dealerships, as the previous Fisker was ? The Karma had many reasons to fail not least the A123 Systems battery supplier going broke and the car itself (it did look gorgeous though) but as I understood it selling and service through a dealer network did not help. I suppose we should wish them luck, more competition can be a good thing but I can’t help reflect on the poor souls that bought the last one and were left unsupported.