Fisker, Inc. has just unveiled drawings of its Emotion EV prototype that is set to challenge Tesla’s Model S and Model 3 electric sedans. With a top speed of 161 mph (260 km/h) and an all-electric range of 400 miles (640 km), CEO Henrik Fisker has certainly grabbed the attention of Tesla’s Elon Musk.
Fisker Automotive, fresh off two product recalls and bankruptcy by its battery supplier, is attempting to change its image by not only launching a fully autonomous driving electric vehicle but in addition, renaming the company Karma Automotive. The 400-mile (640 km) electric range is impressive – surpassing Tesla’s Model S by 85 miles (137 km).
Whether it’s Fisker’s new battery technology or it’s aerodynamic design features, the EMotion EV is being designed to combine clean energy with optimal performance. According to New Atlas’ feature article, Fisker’s first model, the Karma Revero had a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/hr) and an electric range of 50 miles (80 km). A petrol generator was required due to the low electric range.
Fisker’s EMotion EV packs some serious power with its graphene-based hybrid super capacitor technology, according to a recent Futurism article. Named the Fisker Nanotech, the innovative battery tech is a collaboration between Fisker and Nanotech Energy, Inc. and is the engine behind the 400 mile (640 km) projected range.
As for design engineering, Fisker plans to develop an electric powertrain that has the dual effect of pushing EMotion’s cabin forward and at the same time, lengthening the wheelbase. In other words: more legroom for the driver and passengers. The EMotion will be made of composite, carbon fiber, and aluminum and has a glasshouse windshield design similar to the rear glass dome featured in Tesla’s Model 3.
Helping reach its top speeds of 161 mph (260 km/h), EMotion comes with a rear spoiler and diffuser – contributing to its sleek aerodynamic design. Fisker’s newest model will be fully autonomous and according to a recent press release:
“The EMotion will be equipped with hardware that will allow full autonomous driving when approved and released by soon-to-be-announced partnered supplier. The interior will emphasize ultimate comfort and user interfaces from both front and rear seats, and all seats will have access to screens and infotainment features.”