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Henrik Fisker Announces ‘Mass-Market’ Electric SUV After Luxury Sports Car Delay

Fisker Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker, who designed the unreleased Karma hybrid sports car, has promised a new electric SUV with “close to 300 miles” of range that will be priced “below $40,000.” The vehicle, the first of three mass-market EVs, is expected to debut in 2021.

The EMotion electric luxury sedan, the company’s first release, which was due at the end of 2019 or early 2020, will be postponed until after the new SUV is launched since Fisker’s solid-state battery technology has yet to be finalized.

The company hasn’t designated a name for the new car, but it did announce that the SUV will include a battery pack with at least 80kWh of capacity, and the near-300 mile range will be for vehicles at the starting price, which indicates that the SUV could be optioned up above that price point. This would mean that it would be more affordable than the entry-level Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, which have a range of approximately 220–230 miles. The SUV will also come in single or dual-motor configurations.

The new car will also afford an “extended open-air atmosphere” at the “touch of a button,” though it won’t necessarily be a convertible, according to a company representative.

Fisker, who designed the Aston Martin DB9 and the BMW Z8, founded Fisker Inc. in 2016, three years after his former company, Fisker Automotive, went bankrupt as a result of the failure of the Karma. Fisker Inc. unveiled an almost complete version of the EMotion at CES in 2018. The Karma assets, which were purchased by a Chinese company at auction, has been rebranded as the Revero.

The EMotion will be intended for an upscale market and is expected to be more technologically advanced than the Karma, which Fisker says will eventually support highly automated driving. The vehicle features three touchscreens on the dashboard, and will have 400 miles of range, which will be powered by a solid-state battery that is in development. It also includes four futuristic wild gullwing doors intended to outshine the Tesla Model X’s two Falcon Wing doors.

“Maybe the norm is to start out with an SUV like all these other luxury startups,” Fisker said. “Maybe the norm is conventional doors. We made some unique doors here. We wanted to do something not traditional, to show what kind of a brand we are. And we are a brand that’s nonconformist.”

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Fisker has created some buzz around the solid-state battery technology the company is developing. The battery packs will reportedly take a fifth of the time to produce compared to lithium-ion packs used by other electric cars. Fisker has stated that they last twice as long as current packs and will be able to live through twice as many charge cycles. These expectations, however, surpass the outlook of most battery experts in regard to solid-state technology. Time will tell.

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