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Fisker Reveals Emotion EV and Possibly Game-Changing Tech Specs

Could ultracapacitor system obsolete battery technology?

by on Nov.01, 2016

The Fisker EMotion could be in production by some time later next year.

If at first you don’t succeed…if you’re Henrik Fisker, it seems, you try and try again.

Best known for the sleek and iconic Aston Martin DB9, Henrik Fisker has attempted to launch two car companies since going out on his own a decade ago, including the ill-fated Fisker Automotive, the Danish designer is about get back into the business with a new pure battery-electric vehicle that could go beyond just being a Tesla-fighter. If the newly released images and specs prove accurate, the Fisker Emotion could rewrite the rules for the zero-emissions segment.

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Beyond the car’s sleek design, the real breakthrough appears to be an alternative to the lithium-ion batteries used in most of today’s battery-based vehicles. Instead, the Emotion will use an ultracapacitor to store enough energy, the start-up claims, to run a “theoretical” 400 miles per charge.

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Fisker Offers Up Tease of New Battery Car

Long range car to use new graphene supercapacitor, not conventional battery.

by on Oct.21, 2016

Henrik Fisker offers a first teaser image of the new electric car he wants to launch next year.

Just two weeks after announcing plans to launch an all-new electric car company, Henrik Fisker is offering a hint of what’s to come with a teaser image of his first battery car.

A little Photoshop magic reveals some more of the details hidden in the shadows of the image as received from the Danish designer who first tried his hand at building cars of his own with the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma. The most obvious detail is the use of gull-wing doors, front and back. But it’s also apparent that the coupe-like sedan offers more interior space than a conventional vehicle of its size.

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Set to target the likes of the now-familiar Tesla Model S, the as yet-unnamed new model will use a breakthrough power source, a graphene supercapacitor, rather than a lithium-ion battery, to yield at least 400 miles of range.

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Fisker Launching All-New Battery-Car Company

Breakthrough battery promised; range could top 400 miles.

by on Oct.04, 2016

Henrik Fisker shown in Geneva before his earlier company, Fisker Automotive, collapsed.

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If you’re Henrik Fisker, it seems, the next step is to start yet another car company. Three years after the collapse and bankruptcy of his original effort, Fisker Automotive, the Danish designer is back in business. The new Fisker, Inc. plans to launch a new line of long-range electric vehicles that will rival the likes of upstart Tesla Motors, as well as the more mainstream manufacturers now pushing into the battery-car business.

While specific details are limited, Fisker said the company is targeting a minimum range of 400 miles per charges, something that would allow a driver to go even further without interruption than with all but a handful of gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles.

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“This is really the revival of the original Fisker, though it will be a completely new company,” the 53-year-old automotive veteran told TheDetroitBureau.com in an exclusive interview.

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Henrik Fisker Files $100 Mil lawsuit Against Aston Martin

Danish designer alleges extortion.

by on Jan.04, 2016

A sketch of the Fisker Force 1.

Danish designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker has filed a $100 million lawsuit against his former employer, the British automaker Aston Martin, alleging “civil extortion.”

The suit, filed in federal court in Central California, centers around the Force 1 sports car Fisker is planning to reveal next week at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. It claims that Aston has taken steps to block the debut of the car or make changes before its launch.

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“This is a classic case of David vs. Goliath,” said Fisker. “Aston Martin is trying to intimidate me to prop up their own flailing company and to mask their financial and product deficiencies.  I refuse to be intimidated and that is the reason for today’s filing.”

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Now Chinese-Owned, Fisker Announces its U.S. Return

Plug-in maker will set up small assembly plant in California.

by on Jun.17, 2015

The Fisker Karma boasted a striking design, and that design is about to be seen again as production ramps up in California.

After crashing and burning in a multi-billion-dollar failure, Fisker Automotive is back. More precisely, the now Chinese-owned Fisker Automotive and Technology Group is about to re-launch production of the plug-in hybrid known as the Karma at a new facility in Southern California.

Also known as FATG, the company expects to employ about 150 people at the plant it is setting up in Moreno Valley, not far from its U.S. corporate offices in Costa Mesa.

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“FATG believes in the quality, work ethic and competitiveness of manufacturing in the United States,” said James Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of FATG. “California’s natural beauty, trend setting, technology and environmental focus are perfectly aligned with our Karma re-launch.” (more…)

Henrik Fisker Back in the Game with “Ultimate American Muscle Car”

His “Rocket” is ready to rock, with an L.A. Auto Show debut on tap.

by on Nov.12, 2014

The Fisker Rocket will make its debut next Thursday at the L.A. Auto Show.

Anyone who expected Henrik Fisker to simply ride off into the sunset following the failure of his eponymous battery-car company, Fisker Automotive, clearly hasn’t spent any time with the hard-driving Danish designer.

For some months, we’ve been hearing rumors of his return to the car business, and it now looks like it will officially come next week with the debut of a design dubbed the Rocket. The carbon fiber-bodied sports coupe is set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20 during an 11:05 AM news conference.

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A terse news release doesn’t tell us very much, but it appears what is being billed as the “Ultimate American Muscle Car” is a joint venture teaming the 51-year-old Fisker and the folks at Galpin Auto Sports, a customization center run by mega-dealership Galpin Motors in the L.A. suburb of Van Nuys. (more…)

Fisker’s Back! Makes Return at L.A. Auto Show

Galpin Auto Sports teams with Danish designer for new muscle car.

by on Oct.23, 2014

Fisker founder Henrik Fisker is debuting a new muscle car at the L.A. Auto Show next month.

Less than two years after stepping down from his namesake company, Henrik Fisker is stepping back onto the automotive stage by joining forces with a California-based mega-dealer to produce the “Ultimate American Muscle Car.”

Danish designer Fisker is teaming with Galpin Motors in a pair of back-to-back vehicle debuts at the L.A. Auto Show next month, but aside from rumors about a new muscle car, details of what’s coming aren’t readily available.

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The preliminary schedule for the show reveals that Fisker has consecutive press conferences for “vehicle debuts,” but lists Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports as the co-presenter for the slots. (more…)

Karma Making a Comeback

Fisker’s stunning plug-in hybrid may return in 2015.

by on Apr.23, 2014

The Karma plug-in hybrid is taking a second run in the U.S. starting sometime in 2015.

Karma is back! The Fisker Karma, that is.

Fisker Automotive’s electric vehicle boasted cutting edge design, but couldn’t overcome production and quality issues that sucked up millions of dollars and led to its demise. Enter Chinese auto supplier Wanxiang, which bought the company out of bankruptcy a few months ago and is looking to resurrect the plug-in hybrid similar to the Chevy Volt by the middle of next year.

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According to Fisker’s interim president, Tim Brown, the Karma will back next year with two siblings not far behind: the Surf, a $100,000 station wagon-like version of the Karma and the Atlantic, a smaller sedan that was originally stated to be the follow up to the Karma at about $50,000. (more…)

China’s Wanxiang Wangles Control of Bankrupt Fisker

Wins auction with bid of nearly $150 million.

by on Feb.17, 2014

Fisker initially attracted the attention of a number of high-profile buyers, including actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Bankrupt battery-carmaker Fisker Automotive could get a new lease on live.  After an unexpected, last-minute surge in bidding, China’s Wanxiang Group won an auction for the remaining assets of the California-based maker for $149.2 million.

That was nearly six times as much as it originally appeared the once-promising Fisker might go for.  The company originally expected its assets to go to Japan’s Hybrid Tech Holdings for a much more modest $25 million after filing for bankruptcy last November.  Creditors had objected to what they saw as a sweetheart deal and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross agreed to let other interested parties bid for Fisker’s remains.

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“This is a great result for all Fisker stakeholders,” Marc Beilinson, the carmaker’s chief restructuring officer, said in a statement issued after the announcement – which is expected to be finalized by the Delaware-based bankruptcy court tomorrow.

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Remains of Fisker Automotive on Auction Block this Week

Feds hope to recover lost loan money.

by on Oct.07, 2013

It remains to be seen who - if anyone - will put the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid back into production.

Only a handful of employees still report to work at the Fisker Automotive offices in Anaheim, California, and it has been more than a year since any of the failed maker’s Karma sedans have rolled off the assembly line at a plant in Finland. But the once-promising battery-car maker could get a new lease on life later this week.

Or, more precisely, a new owner could find ways to use Fisker’s assets, which include a second, partially completed plug-in hybrid, as well as a never-completed plant in Delaware.  They’ll be auctioned off on  Friday, October 11th in a move by the U.S. Department of Energy to recover $168 million in loans from a controversial government program intended to help spur the development of alternatively powered vehicles.

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Who will be bidding for the remains of the carmaker is unclear, but since Fisker collapsed last spring several names have been said to be interested. That includes former Chrysler and General Motors executive Bob Lutz, Wanxiang, the Chinese company that purchased Fisker’s battery supplier, the former A123 – now renamed B456 – and Richard Li, a Hong Kong billionaire. The company’s founder, Henrik Fisker, had also expressed interest in repurchasing the eponymously named automaker though it is unclear he has been able to line up any financial backing.

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