Car designer Henrik Fisker has revealed the first renders of his luxury, all-electric sedan: the new EMotion. Fisker has been teasing the project for weeks, as with his previous attempt to crack the premium EV market, is promising the consumers the moon.
The EMotion, whose name Fisker said ‘reflects the emotional connection with the consumer,’ will be produced at Michigan plant that’s currently building the Fisker-designed Force 1, a $268,000 gasoline-powered vehicles that the Los Angeles-trained auto builder is selling through his VLF Automotive. (First of a limited run of 50 Force 1s is just now being delivered to a customer in the Texas, Fisker said).
EMotion will come along with hardware supporting ‘fully autonomous driving,’ (to be provided by an unspecified partner), the top speeds of 161 mph, and, thanks to new, as-yet-unseen graphene-powered battery technology, will support a driving range of 400 miles — around 100 miles more than a top-of-the-range Tesla.
The new vehicle, that could be shown as early as mid-2017 and begin production not long after, will be ‘sporty and spacious,’ Fisker said.
To hit the design specs, the carbon fiber EV was designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, with a short, and low hoodline, integrated spoiler and also underbody diffuser. It features adaptive LED headlights, dihedral doors and fully autonomous driving technology from a ‘soon-to-be-announced supplier.’ Fisker tweeted that the vehicle will have a superb rear legroom’ despite its sports-car looks.
The vehicle will include a large curved front windscreen pushed forward, and diving into a low bonnet. The rear features an integrated spoiler and ‘aggressive functional diffusor to aid aerodynamics,’ that will help the car achieve a 161 mph top speed and a 400-mile electric range, Fisker said.
The EMotion’s design and specs are drool-worthy, if Fisker can achieve them. However, the battery design — which is based on quick-charging ultracapacitor technology developed at UCLA — is completely unproven. And while the butterfly doors and the carbon fiber body are cool, similar features have caused quality problems for Tesla and other automakers. As such, when Fisker Inc. says the first deliveries will be announced after the vehicle is shown in the mid 2017,’ take that with a boulder of salt.