Remeber Henrik Fisker, former Aston Martin designer, founder of defunct Fisker Automotive? Well, he is back 14 months after relaunching his electric car dream, in its latest vision, Fisker Inc has revealed its first product at the CES 2018 show. The EMotion is a luxury 4-seater electric car with a range of 500 miles. That’s all you need to know, end of story right? Hell no.
Performance figures read 780bhp, 0-60mph in under 3 seconds, a 161mph top speed with power fed to all four wheels meaning 4 separate electric motors will be used to drive those four wheels. Impressive. Logical.
The EMotion is a Grand Tourer and rides on 24-inch low-profile tyres, it’s full of tech featuring the latest passive and active safety technology and a touchscreen made by UI gods.
The EMotion will be powered by a next generation, solid-state battery based on the miracle material known as Graphene.
Imagine Graphene is a layer of carbon, nanometres thin, its hexagonal structure allows for a new generation of material said to be stronger than steel and superconductive.
Graphene has properties that could be diversified for multiple uses other than providing the next generation of super-long-lasting battery technology.
And that’s where the whole story of the Fisker EMotion suddenly falls flat. Graphene is extremely difficult to manufacture in large quantities.
The other problem we have is that Fisker is touting a fully automated car, ready to go.
But legislation for autonomous cars has yet to be fully ratified either on a federal or global scale.
Fisker does say their autonomous tech is future proof, but the technology is still in its infancy and prone to error, always the case for new technology.
Furthermore, there is no evidence of Fisker making any investment in developing such autonomous technology.
In the future, Graphene will be manufactured on an industrial scale and a battery made from such a material will offer future EV’s a 500-mile range and a recharge rate from zero to full in 60 seconds.
Nevertheless, the Fisker EMotion has a launch date of Q4 2019, with prices starting at £129,000.
But for now, we’ll give the Fisker EMotion a thumbs up, but that solid-state battery? it won’t happen just yet. Expect to see good ol' Lithium batteries.
Graphene is still a miracle waiting to happen, let's just wait and see if the EMotion ever makes it into production.
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