By on January 9, 2018

FIsker EMotion with Hinrick

Fisker, now called Fisker, Inc. after the company Henrik Fisker originally created fell into bankruptcy, is going after the luxury EV market for a second time. Don’t let past money troubles worry you too much, though. Even Henry Ford filed for bankruptcy twice before forming the company that build the Model T.

Instead, let your fears stem from the questionable build quality of the Fisker Karma, which faltered on the market in 2012. Because the new model, dubbed the EMotion, appears to be a rehash of the old formula with its ambitions set much higher. Offering self-driving abilities, an impressive electric range, an extravagant design, and some of the market’s most desirable infotainment functions, the EMotion is either a trumped-up prototype or the absolute pinnacle of electric luxury sedans.

Fisker Emotion

Glossing over the model’s groan-inducing name and the trust issues we have with the brand, let’s begin with what Fisker is promising. First off, we have a targeted 400-mile range. According to Henrik, the goal is sufficient to alleviate range anxiety in prospective buyers, but it would also best anything else on the market by a wide margin. In fact, it’s so impressive that we’re wondering if it’s even possible by the vehicle’s target date of 2019.

While Fisker has said it now possesses solid-state battery technology that could ultimately lead to 500-mile ranges and charging times faster than anything currently in existence, it wouldn’t be ready in time for the EMotion. That saddles the model with a more traditional lithium-ion battery pack.

Fisker Emotion

Next there is the car’s performance. While the all-wheel drive sedan’s claimed top speed of 161 mph seems achievable, Level 4 autonomy does not. Partnering with Quanergy, Fisker claims the EMotion will be equipped with a LIDAR array (hidden mostly in the vehicle’s nose) capable of providing a complete autonomous driving experience. However, the hardware is only half of what it takes to make a self-driving car. There needs to be software to make sense of the data and help the car make the important decisions — and the brand has yet to explain that side of the coin.

Propulsion for the EV is achieved via “multiple electric motors” delivering a combined sum of more than than 575 kW (or approximately 780 horsepower). Instant torque and all-wheel drive help it hit a proposed 0-to-60 time of under 3 seconds and will rush it along to the aforementioned 161 mph top speed.

Fisker Emotion

The car is about 197 inches long, with an overall height of around 52 inches. Fisker says the packaging of the electric powertrain allows for a more spacious interior than most similarly sized vehicles. It’s a sharp-looking model, similar in shape to the Karma while still being distinctive. Its butterfly doors feature flush handles and can be opened or closed with the help of one’s smartphone. Even though we admit it would be a glorious sight to behold, we’re extremely wary of non-traditional door designs that also utilize an electric motor.

Fisker Emotion

Clad in black and tan vegan leather, the EMotion’s interior is lavish. While it can be optioned with non-vegan upholstery, Fisker seems proud of just how soft it managed to make the faux alternative. Continuing on its luxury bent, the sedan has four individually adjustable electric seats with a five-seat variant that utilizes a rear bench. Additional entertainment options will become available when the unit is operating in autonomous mode through a trio of driver-oriented screens. There will also be a an optional 27-inch rear screen for the upscale Chauffeur Edition of the car. The glass roof is also said to feature four zones of tint, each electrically adjustable to let in the desired amount of sky.

It sounds great, maybe even too good to be true. While we’d certainly like to see something like this take to the road, it’s almost unfathomable that the EMotion can pull all of it off before the end of 2019. However, if it does, Fisker says it will start at $129,000. The company is currently taking reservations for $2,000 a pop on its website.

Fisker Emotion

[Images: Fisker Inc.]

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34 Comments on “Fisker’s EMotion: Realer Than Ever and Still Promising the Moon By 2019...”


  • avatar
    Syke

    (Crickets chirping)

  • avatar
    JMII

    The rear door’s hinge system is either an engineering miracle or the first thing that is going to break. Well provided this thing gets made at all.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeremiah Mckenna

      Both doors seem to have the same hinge.

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        But they have totally different pivot points and the door (once up) has a radcially different center of gravity. McLaren has done the front door thing before, it clearly works. But going nearly straight up on a hinge positioned at the very corner of door? Just seems like a really bad idea to me. Maybe an engineer can chime in. At the very least I would imagine that alignment and body panels gaps would be extremely difficult to maintain.

        • 0 avatar
          SCE to AUX

          As an engineer, I’d submit the Tesla Model X as Exhibit A to support your concerns about this crazy design.

          More practically, what garage can house this car with its doors open?

  • avatar
    RHD

    Gorgeous car, but… how much suspension travel is there? If those tires move up just one inch, they will rub against the fender.

    And they would sell twice as many if it were an SUV, and they would be purchased to take the kids to school and then take Mommy to Walmart and Kohl’s.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Nobody believes a word of these promises.

    But he has good taste in eye candy.

  • avatar
    Jeremiah Mckenna

    I like the looks of this car. I’ve seen a few Fisker Karma here in the NOLA area, and wonder how they are doing with the maintenance.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Vegan leather? Does that mean the hides of non-carnivorous animals? Just say cloth, or vinyl, or even synthetic leather. The last thing we need is another BS term added to the vocabulary.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    With a few minor touches, that could be one of the most beautiful cars of the last decade.

    They need to fix/de-clutter the a$$, and get rid of the exterior decorative (unnecessary and ungainly) side sill plates, and simplify some of its other lines, and slim it down, for starters.

    It has an Aston Martin Vantage quality to its design, which is high praise, as the AM Vantage is an incredibly stylish and sexy car (Aston Martin has some of the best designers on earth).

  • avatar
    gomez

    I mostly like the way this looks. Except…why did they feel compelled to apply the “flying vagina” grille from the 2006 Subaru Impreza?

  • avatar
    I_like_stuff

    And all this without $5B in tax dollars like Elon “The Con” Musk got.

    Also interesting that while every article about Tesla is nothing but ooooooh and ahhhhhhhs, an article about its competitor is all negative.

    Tesla Fanbois gotta fanboi I guess.

    • 0 avatar
      gomez

      Yeah, it can’t possibly be because Henrik Fisker has had 2 failed car companies already in the past decade (and two more which have yet to sell a product).

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      @I_like_stuff:

      Please explain the $5 billion in tax dollars that were gifted to Mr Musk.

      Fisker produced fewer Karmas than Tesla did Roadsters. Tesla is now onto its 4th production car with over 200k vehicles produced to date.

      Henrik Fisker is the real charlatan.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    I already own several Fiskers – they’re all scissors, and very good ones.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    How this guy Fisker isn’t living in a one bedroom apartment on the seedy side of town is beyond me. He’s bankrupted two companies, and here he is promoting yet another tribute to his self-observed manic greatness. Where in hell does he find the money? By comparison Musk is a roaring success.

    Wouldn’t lend the guy ten bucks.

  • avatar

    Love the name (“groan-inducing”?). Love its looks. Can you imagine seeing this one in your rear view mirror sn(e)aking up on you…

  • avatar
    Erikstrawn

    Minor nit-pick:

    “Even though we admit it would be a glorious sight to behold, we’re extremely weary of non-traditional door designs that also utilize an electric motor.”

    Are you tired (weary) of those doors, or suspicious (wary)?

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    “Even Henry Ford filed for bankruptcy twice before forming the company that build the Model T.”

    Henrik Fisker and Henry Ford may share the same initials, but Henrik Fisker is no Henry Ford. His ego is so big that it has its own postal code.

    The swoopy styling is derivative of the Karma, and even if the ridiculous door hinges don’t break, I’d be dubious about weather sealing.

    Are there enough suckers out there to invest in Fisker’s latest pipe dream? I still see the occasional Fisker on the road, and I wonder, “Who works on these things? What is parts availability like?”

    There are 15 2012 Karmas on eBay Motors right now, priced from $38,980 to $49,900, and none have more than 36,000 miles. They’re novelties, not daily drivers. Anyone who invests money with Fisker should have their head examined.

  • avatar
    gomez

    Isn’t this just a slightly rebodied version of the Fisker Atlantic from 2012?

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