If you’re older than eight, you’ll remember that, a few years ago, a little car company called Fisker tried to introduce the world to the idea of a svelte hybrid sports saloon. The car in question was the Karma, and while its intentions were noble, and it had its fans, it wasn’t enough to save the company from going bust.
However, with new investment, Fisker is back and reinvigorated. And it’s just unveiled its first new car since the Karma. Welcome, everyone, to the all-electric Fisker EMotion (see what they did there?).
The first thing you should know about the EMotion is that it’s fast – really fast. Powered by “multiple” electric motors at each wheel, it generates around 780 bhp, and will do 0-100 km/h in “less than three seconds”. Yikes. The new Fisker isn’t quite as quick at the top end, but it’ll still apparently do 260 km/h, which isn’t bad at all.
The second thing you’ll no doubt have gathered about the EMotion is that it’s incredibly good looking. Henrik Fisker, the man behind the company, originally penned the Aston Martin Vantage and the BMW Z8, so he knows the secret to designing a good-looking car. And we reckon the EMotion is up there with some of his best work. It has butterfly doors and everything.
Inside, it’s the same story. The old Karma’s interior was made from largely sustainable materials, and while that was a nice quirk, it did mean that the luxury feel of the car was handicapped. However, it appears that the EMotion won’t suffer from the same problem. Fisker hasn’t said how much of the interior is made from sustainable materials (we’re betting not much), but we’re all for the supple leather and carbon-fibre accents around the EMotion’s cabin.
There’s also loads of tech, too. The carbon-fibre and aluminium body houses a massive collection of LiDAR sensors that will give the EMotion level-four autonomous driving capabilities. And, yes, those door handles sit flush on the body panels – only coming out when you unlock the car with your smartphone.
In terms of range, Fisker reckons the EMotion will do 640 km on a single charge when it first launches. However, the company is also working on a new kind of battery technology that will give the car an 800 km range, as well as the ability to fully charge in under a minute. That tech won’t be available on cars until 2020 at the earliest, but we may see it trialled in consumer smartphones later this year, so here’s hoping that it works.
Anyway, what do you think, Internet? This, or a Tesla?
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