The rebooted Fisker has revealed its upcoming electric sedan, labeled the EMotion.
The car looks almost nothing like the Karma sedan from the previous incarnation of Fisker. We’d even say its aggressive look is more like what Fisker design boss and founder Henrik Fisker introduced on the Dodge Viper-based Force 1 supercar unveiled at the 2016 Detroit auto show. The striking supercar was unveiled by VLF, another automotive startup Henrik Fisker is involved with.
There could be a deeper connection between Fisker and VLF, though. There are rumors production of the EMotion will be handled by VLF’s plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan. VLF, whose co-founders are Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal, is currently producing the aforementioned Force 1 as well as Fisker Karma V-8 conversions at the plant.
Unlike the Karma, which was an extended-range electric sedan, the EMotion will be a pure, battery-powered electric promising a range of at least 400 miles and a top speed of 161 mph. The key to the industry-leading range will be graphene battery technology. The battery is being developed by a Fisker subsidiary with help from researchers at UCLA.
Another key area of improvement over the Karma will be comfort. Fisker describes the EMotion as having “superb” rear legroom. In fact, the company states that the car will offer more space than its intended rival, the Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S. The car will also come with butterfly-style doors front and rear to aid ingress and egress.
As for the design, Fisker says the low hood aids aerodynamics while the small trapezoid above the license plate holder is for radar and camera. The EMotion has been designed from the onset to incorporate self-driving technologies. Oh, and the headlights are full LEDs.
The actual debut of the EMotion won’t take place until the second half of 2017. And we won’t get an announcement of production until after that date. Nevertheless, Fisker is willing to state that the EMotion will be priced similarly to some of the high-end Model S variants. This means we should expect a starting price in excess of $100k. If successful, Fisker hopes to eventually launch a second, more affordable model targeting the Chevrolet Bolt EV and upcoming Model 3.
So far the project looks to be a risky bet for Fisker, especially considering the mistakes made by the previous incarnation of the company. Tesla in comparison is much more conservative and benefits from a strong, globally-recognized brand, yet even after a decade it still suffers from delays and requires heavy cash injections from investors. It remains to be seen whether Fisker can do any better.