By on October 20, 2016


Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO Fisker, Inc., surprised many earlier this month when he revealed his fledgling company plans to produce a new car bearing his name. Some critics who remembered the ill-fated Fisker Karma scoffed.

Well, the Danish businessman is attempting to close the doors on murmurings of overblown hype by showing off a different set of doors. Naturally, he did so in a befitting venue for shadowy electric car executives — Twitter.

Fisker posted the image above with the message, “A Breakthrough: Innovative new butterfly doors in our new Fisker model, for easier ingress/egress. More next week…”

The company claims it will unveil an electric vehicle in the second half of 2017 that uses cutting-edge battery technology to achieve impressive range. According to Fisker, the technology came from the fertile minds of UCLA professors and differs from the conventional lithium-ion battery packs seen in regular EVs. Fisker Nanotek, a private corporation based in northern California, will build them.

If the tweeted photo is indeed the 400-mile EV Fisker claims to be building, he clearly took some notes from Tesla. Sure, they’re not the “falcon wing” doors of the Model X, but they’re certainly distinctive. Fancy doors generate hype, you know. (And in Tesla’s case, headaches.)

As for the car itself, the vehicle’s styling borrows cues from the departed Fisker Karma and resurrected Karma Revero, which rose from the ashes of its former owner. It looks shorter than the Karma, and has a profile not unlike the Tesla Model 3.

The nature of Fisker’s looming announcement is anyone’s guess. As we’ve seen with another company, the announcement rarely matches the magnitude of the tweet.

[Image: Twitter]

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15 Comments on “Henrik Fisker Wants You To Know About His Doors...”

  • avatar

    Oh no, not again!

  • avatar

    Flappy doors and choppy doors

    And liddle lamzy divey

  • avatar
    EVfanatic (Geeta Fisker)

    Totally Love it..

    [Edit by TTAC Staff: This comment was posted by Geeta Fisker, wife of Henrik Fisker, without identifying herself.]

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    EVfanatic (Geeta Fisker)

    Steph Willems like your humor angle to the article…makes it interesting to read..although I dont mean to belittle any brand..but all articles are so serious. Its good to have a lighter side.

    [Edit by TTAC Staff: This comment was posted by Geeta Fisker, wife of Henrik Fisker, without identifying herself.]

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Stu. Pid.

    It looks like something Justin Bieber would have done to his car if he took it to West Coast Customs. Tesla’s retractable door handles do give up some function for form, but Tesla doors are in no way this gimmicky. Rather than fancy door openings, the lesson I rather hope Fisker learned is about the folly of making a large sedan that’s so cramped, it gets to be legally classified as subcompact by the EPA.

    • 0 avatar

      I think these startup type companies should focus on making GOOD product which does not CATCH FIRE, before worrying about fancy ingress/egress which just makes vehicles harder to park.

      Mercedes has the engineering money for crazy doors. You don’t! Stahp.

  • avatar

    Last I checked, it was stupidly low, sloping roof lines that made ingress/egress difficult. Not conventional doors. At least it should look good, given who’s designing it.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Goofy doors won’t excuse a vaporware battery.

    • 0 avatar

      The battery probably isn’t vaporware to an extent. There is a lot of new battery tech that should give Fisker the range to get to 400 miles. The trick is getting that tech from the lab to mass production.

      I know an east coast company that’s in that phase, and it’s a lot of work. With their tech, they could fit about 100 to 120 kWh into a Leaf battery case. With my 4.2 miles per kWh average, that would get me over 400 miles in a 15 Leaf. These guys don’t think they’ll be able to supply something like an auto company until at least 2020 (last I checked). They just delivered their first early production cells to a customer 2 days ago. They have the technology, but it’s the time to get it into large-scale mass production. Lining up manufacturers, designing and building manufacturing equipment, building facilities, etc.

      So, maybe the battery itself isn’t vaporware, but getting it in quantity might be another story. My biggest source of income is from oil (I own mineral rights and sell to oil and natural gas companies) and I’m diversifying into battery tech as a hedge to protect my income. So, I’ve been able to get an up-close look at what is a really secretive industry. Remember the Gigafactory event where they wouldn’t even allow anyone to photograph the cells? That’s how tight security is in that industry.

      Edit: I have to make a correction. The batteries in early production now are only a 25% improvement (sigh) over current batteries, but they do have the cost under $100 per kWh. Hey, I’ll take a 25% improvement.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        “The trick is getting that tech from the lab to mass production.”

        This is really what I meant. There are always promising battery technologies out there, but none of them have cleared every hurdle for manufacturability, scalability, affordability, safety, degradation, recharge speed, and so on.

  • avatar

    I don’t get it. Henrik Fisker joined VL automotive in January, changing the name to VLF, which was building the Destino with a Corvette engine on a Karma chassis, and Bob Lutz just got his $229,000 copy in June. There’s supposed to be a Force-1 two seater based on the Dodge Viper, also with Fisker as designer.

    The original Fisker is Chinese owned and they’re planning on a new factory in California. Now, Fisker is starting his own company with another electric car, using some unknown propulsion/battery system? What the heck is going on with this guy? What nut with too much money is bankrolling this latest ego trip?

  • avatar

    What’s disappointing, is that designers (like Fisker) don’t come up with something new. Electric propulsion means that you no longer have to have a front section and boot. As a matter of fact, that’s just front storage in the Tesla Model S. Since he does not seem to enjoy the backing of a major brand nor of a major investor, Fisker’s plans feel a bit like what Paul Elio is doing – hoping to create enough momentum to make it to production.

    • 0 avatar

      “Electric propulsion means that you no longer have to have a front section and boot. As a matter of fact, that’s just front storage in the Tesla Model S.”

      Front and rear boots also provide a crumple zone in the event of a collision. Get in a collision in the car in your avatar, and is no crumple zone to reduce the impact in the first collision between your car and something else, and the second collision between your car and your body. You have nothing but belts and an airbag to protect you; the front footwell in particular can collapse and trap or crush your feet and legs, and your body is subjected to the full force of the impact when it hits the airbag and pushes into the seat belt.

      It is the careful design of crumple zones in cars that make them so safer nowdays. They crumple while keeping the passenger compartment intact, allowing occupants to walk away with few or no injuries. But take away those crumple zones, and you are toast.

  • avatar

    Looks like that’s Russ Hanneman’s next car, assuming he has enough commas to buy it.

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