After months of teasing, so much so that we had actually seen pretty much the entire vehicle and we have been aware of its main specs, Fisker officially launched its new EMotion all-electric vehicle at CES in Las Vegas last night.
Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc., commented on the launch:
“We are truly entering a new era in the way the world thinks about vehicles, the way EVs are charged and the way personal consumer electronics are powered – with Fisker Inc. now clearly at the forefront of that revolution through our worldwide launches at CES. With the EMotion, we’re introducing edgy, dramatic and emotionally-charged design/proportions – complemented with technological innovation that moves us into the future. That design balance is what has made the Fisker brand emotionally connect with our consumers.”
As previously reported, Fisker claims a range of ‘over 400 miles of range’, ‘9-minute charging’, and a $130,000 price tag.
We already had a pretty good look at the exterior of the Emotion with previous teasers, but the official launch gives our best look yet at the interior of the vehicle:
Fisker listed some interior comfort and convenience features in the EMotion:
- Interior: Defining the Future of Luxury
- Ultra-Soft Premium Leather
- Interior Color: Caramel and Midnight Black (Fisker was the first automotive brand to offer a vegan interior as an option – and will do so again with the EMotion)
- Three Driver-Oriented Screens, With Center Curved Screen
- Inductive Charging Ports and Special Holders For Four Smartphones (Partially visible)
- Carbon Fiber Center Console with Additional Storage Space for Tablets and Accessories
- Four Individual, Electric Adjustable First-Class Seats
- Optional 27″ Curved Rear Screen For “Chauffeur Edition”
- Five Seats, Rear Bench Option
- Individual Four Zone Electric Adjustable Tinted Roof: Electrochromic Glass in Collaboration with Lipik
Fisker previously said that his new startup plans to bring the vehicle to market in low volume in 2019, but he didn’t elaborate on the plans at the launch this week. Instead, he said that the EMotion “will be produced in the United States at a location to be announced during the second half of 2018.”
With the official unveiling of the vehicle, Fisker also showcased its new solid-state battery, which he claimed achieved a ‘breakthrough’ earlier this year to enable electric cars with ‘500 miles range and 1 min charging’.
“We’ve also made the seemingly impossible, possible with our scientists spearheading the breakthrough in Flexible Solid-State battery technology – which is the next generation in charging everything from your personal cell phone to enabling mass adoption of electric vehicles due to unprecedented ranges and lighting fast charge times. We’re incredibly excited to showcase working solid-state batteries and the vehicle, in-person, on such a massive global stage. Fisker Inc. is about breaking barriers, leading in automotive technologies and ultimately creating the most desirable, functional futuristic electric vehicles.”
When announcing the new battery earlier this year, Fisker said that they anticipated automotive production grade to be ready around 2023, but they have now aggressively updated this timeline to 2020 and they even claim that personal electronics/cell phone battery production could arrive “earlier – and possibly in 2018.”
I’m not sure what to think of all this. Like I previously mentioned, I think Fisker has outdone himself with the design of the vehicle, but the Fisker Karma was pretty slick too and we all remember what happened there.
As we previously reported in our look at Fisker’s unbelievable claims about its upcoming all-electric car with ‘over 400 miles of range’ & ‘9-minute charging’, we have had our doubts about the EMotion since the beginning.
Some of the claims made little sense and Fisker reportedly made two significant 180-degree changes to the car’s energy storage system in just a few months.
Furthermore, we found out that the company was using some shady techniques to hype the product by sockpuppeting on articles.
When considering all of this, it’s hard to give a lot of credibility to this new vehicle. Until we see a production vehicle with the promised specs or at least a clear path to production with credible partners, I think this product will be perceived as vaporware.