Fisker EMotion EV


By: Milo Hartmann

Henrik Fisker first started battling with Tesla in the late 2000s. He started working at Tesla in 2007 in order to work on and design the Tesla Model S. He then created his own company Fisker Automotive in 2007 as well. He created and designed the Fisker Karma, a luxury hybrid in a “race” against Tesla to create electric cars. Because his car’s technology was quite similar to Tesla’s, Tesla sued Fisker for stealing technology. The lawsuit was unsuccessful. While initially successful as a car company, the company soon went bankrupt, because investors started to pull out of the company, and the U.S. government paused their funding over an unpaid loan. The Fisker Karma also had production issues, because the batteries weren’t being supplied fast enough. Fisker Automotive chose to voluntarily declare bankruptcy in 2013, in part because of poor business strategies and board management issues. The company was sold to a Chinese firm, and Henrik Fisker left the company.

Henrik Fisker went on to help make more design companies including VLF Automotive, a custom luxury coupe design company. In 2016, Fisker decided to take on Tesla once again, and created Fisker Inc., an electric car company. His first concept or prototype is the Fisker EMotion EV. While the car does look quite awkward from the front, I guess that it is a design quirk? The rest of the car looks quite promising. The EMotion looks solid from the side and the rear, with a red LED light bar for the taillights. While many people think that the gullwing doors on the Tesla Model X look cool, the EMotion has 4 butterfly doors. Fisker also put 24 inch carbon fiber wheels on the car, which were massive, considering that most cars have 19 or 20 inch wheels. The car’s interior is made up of leather and carbon fiber with giant touch screens everywhere, with 3 in the front, and 3 or 4 optional screens in the back. It seats 4-5 people. The car also has about 780 horsepower, and a sub 3 second 0-60 mph time. It also has 400+ miles of range, and all wheel drive, with a top speed of 160 mph. Another competing feature that the car has in common with Teslas, is that it has autonomous driving. It uses LIDAR though, a feature that Tesla cars don’t have. It also has cameras and ultrasonic sensors throughout the car. This car came with the optional carbon fiber package.

Many details about the car are still unclear. Estimates say that the car will start selling in 2019 and cost about $130,000. While Fisker claims that the car has a charging time of 9 minutes, many people are doubtful about this claim.

It takes a lot of engineering to not just make a car from scratch, but also a brand new car company. Fisker also had to tap into a very new segment of the car industry: autonomous driving. They have to create their own technology in house too, because the car also looks very different from every other car: it is a Fisker. This car is an astounding feat of engineering, especially with the butterfly doors.