Electric cars are great and the wave of the future. That being said, electric cars are not always that fun to drive. Noting quite beats the feel of a clutch and shifting the gears—it lets you know you are driving and adds a significant level to the performance of the car.
Enter Henrik Fisker, the owner of Fisker a California based startup. Fisker’s claim is that his startup is developing a gearbox for electric motors that could make Fisker electric cars have “Veyron levels of performance”.
Tesla unsuccessfully tried to install a two-speed motor in the very first Roadster models. Porsche is toying with the idea of using PDK duel clutch transmissions in its new line of electric cars; with the idea that it would allow drivers to rev their electric engines. Gimmicky yes, but if you are dropping money on a Porsche it would indeed be nice to hear the thing.
Most manufactures of electric cars use one speed gearboxes uue to the high instantaneous torque in most electric cars that can break a multi-speed transmission with ease. Besides, a single speed gearbox has (so far) done the trick and can boost efficiency and reliability. Yet, by having multiple gears, as long as the unit can handle the high torque of an electric engine, performance can be improved especially with acceleration through top cruising speeds.
The Karma, Fisker’s first model EV, starts shipping in the US in July. The Karma features the “Q-Drive”, an advanced drive train that offers a peak output of 408 horsepower and 959 pound-feet of torque. The Karma promises 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph. Frankly, that is not very fast especially for a car with a price tag of close to $100,000. But a new transmission system could change all of that…and make the Fisker Karma capable of achieving Veyron levels of performance, which would me a 0-60 mph time in the 2-second range, a quarter mile in under 10 seconds, and a top speed of over 250 mph. A tall order indeed.
Here is hoping that Fisker’s next model EV will feature the discussed gearbox and can bring the joy of popping the clutch and kicking a sporty car into high gear into the EV class of cars.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.