Earlier this decade, Henrik Fisker launched the world’s first premium, range-extended plug-in-electric, luxury sports sedan.
To put that jumble of words into something a little more understandable, Fisker’s company created a plug-in hybrid luxury car called the Karma.
Fisker, a car designer credited with the likes of the BMW Z8, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and Aston Martin DB9, launched the Karma in 2011, but was bankrupt by 2014. The company’s remains were purchased by a Chinese investment group with plans to resurrect the Karma as a purely electric vehicle.
Included in the sale was the Fisker brand, so we all assumed Mr. Fisker’s days of car-company ownership were behind him.
Not so fast.
Automotive News carried the story and said,
Henrik Fisker, a former a top designer at BMW Group and Aston Martin, says he has relaunched his namesake company and will present an electric vehicle next year.
The Danish national told Bloomberg that his new company, Fisker Inc., will showcase a premium EV in the second half of 2017. The executive called it a “spiritual successor” to the Fisker Karma electric car he launched in 2012.
Fisker went on to say that he’s been working in “stealth mode” for the last two years and looking for battery technology that can bring a new paradigm into the automotive world. Apparently he’s found something, because an all-new Fisker electric car, with a 400-mile range, is said to debut next year.
The car is not yet named, and there’s no indication of what it’ll look like. Strangely enough, the news of a new Fisker isn’t the most important part of this story. Its batteries are.
The batteries for the new Fisker will be built at another new company called Fisker Nanotech. The company claims to have created a new type of battery that isn’t the conventional lithium-ion kind to which we’ve become accustomed. They’ll be lighter, stronger, and provide a longer range than anything else on the market.
While Fisker will build a car with these batteries, the company also intends to sell the technology to other automakers. That’s big news and could eventually give automakers without an EV program the ability to produce affordable cars with a longer range than anything on the market today.
Fisker’s first car may have failed, but his impact on the automotive world may be only just beginning.
Would a 400-mile range make you feel better about owning an electric car?