There have been so many announcements from Tesla these days, it’s easy to forget that other EV companies exist. One of those companies is Fisker Inc. Named for its founder, Henrik Fisker, you may recall his first company, Fisker Automotive. In 2012, it turned heads with Mr. Fisker’s Karma plug-in hybrid sedan. Not long after, Fisker Automotive suffered a major setback when a bunch of their vehicles were damaged in Hurricane Sandy and the company lost a bunch of the government’s money after receiving green technology loans. And there was other stuff: the the plug-in hybrid caught fire, there were constant recalls, and some design and engineering decisions were just weird.
The company has undergone some major changes since then and survived. Fisker Automotive was bought by a Chinese company and has been renamed Karma Automotive. Karma Automotive is now building the Karma Revero, which is mostly the same as the original Karma. (You can read the review of the Revero by Hannah Elliott from Bloomberg here.) Following along so far? Good.
Because Henrik Fisker is not done naming companies after himself. Having been a well-known designer in the automotive world (notable vehicles include the Aston Martin DB9, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and the BMW Z8), he is still designing. He has designed and built other new vehicles, including motorcycles and a luxury superyacht.
Not to be lost in the slew of news from that other EV company, his new company, Fisker Inc. has news of its own to share. A year ago, it revealed its inaugural model, the EMotion. It’s a four-door electric sedan, and in June Fisker teased it in this video. Then, in an interview with The Street in August, Mr. Fisker announced that the Emotion is going to debut at CES 2018 in January. That’s half a year later than Fisker Inc. originally anticipated showing the car, and there’s no word yet on when deliveries of the car will happen.
The optimistic can already place orders for an EMotion on the Fisker Inc. website now with a refundable $2,000 deposit. The company expects the car to have a Tesla-busting 400-mile range and charge up to 125 miles’ worth of driving in under 10 minutes. It’ll also have lidar sensors to make autonomous driving possible in the near future and full connectivity. All this comes for the luxury-level price of $130,000.
Lastly, in late November, Fisker Inc. announced it was partnering with Hakim Unique Group, a “China-based conglomerate” to produce the Fisker Orbit. The Orbit is slated to be an autonomous smart shuttle for use in large cities. The partnership says they will be “delivering the first Orbit electric autonomous shuttles by the end of 2018.”
Sounds like 2018 is going to be a very busy year for Fisker’s communication team!—SL