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Fisker Changes Direction With EMotion Battery Car

Drops graphene tech but claims longer range, faster charging with new batteries.

by on Jul.24, 2017

The EMotion is now scheduled to use an advanced lithium-ion battery pack, not graphene technology.

Battery-car pioneer Henrik Fisker has revealed a major change in the electric vehicle he plans to bring to market in 2019, dropping the cutting-edge graphene ultracapacitor technology originally in the works for the EMotion in favor of an advanced – but production-ready – version of familiar lithium-ion batteries.

The Danish designer-cum-entrepreneur told, in an exclusive Monday interview, that the Fisker EMotion will initially come to market with a 145 kilowatt-hour battery pack – about 45% larger than offered by Tesla – capable of delivering “well over” 400 miles per charge. The 800-volt system also will deliver significantly faster charges than current EVs, Fisker promised.

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The move to a lithium-ion battery rather than a graphene system is a big shift from what Fisker had originally announced when the EMotion was revealed last year, but he explained that graphene “technology wasn’t ready for prime time, yet, and we didn’t want to miss our launch date.”


First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

By Paul A. Eisenstein

by on May.25, 2010

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport revives a familiar name - but delivers some serious performance numbers.

There was a look of disappointment in the eyes of the radar cop as we drove by, a wee bit below the speed limit.  Seeing us coming, with the ticket-me-red paint job and the white racing stripes on the front fender he was certain we were going to help him meet the day’s quota.

To be honest, it isn’t easy to hold the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport under the speed limit.  Heck, it’d be hard to slow down if we were living along the German Autobahn.

Think of the GS as a sort of hybrid.  It starts out with the same steel chassis as the “base” Corvette, but the crossed-flag emblem is your first hint that there are some other significant changes in store.  Indeed, if you pulled out your tape measure you’d notice the dimensions are decidedly different.  The Grand Sport shares most of those with the high-performance Z06 model, including the gill slits and taller rear spoiler. (See First Look: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport)

There are plenty of poseurs on the market, models that attach the word, “sport” to their name but offer little more than cosmetic enhancements.  Not so the Corvette Grand Sport.  And the changes do more than just enhance aerodynamics.

A Real Performer:!

There are the oversized wheels, shared with the Z06, as well as the more expensive model’s cross-drilled brakes, measuring 14-inches up front and 13.4-inchers in the rear.  They deliver real stopping power.