Fiskers EMotion has the Tesla Model S in its sights

November 1, 2016 by  
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Legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker teased us last month with the promise of a 400-mile range electric sports car that could potentially create stiff competition for the Tesla Model S, and now he’s released a few images to show off his creation . His new company, Fisker Inc , is aiming sky-high, claiming its upcoming offering, an all-electric luxury sedan dubbed the EMotion, will be capable of “fully autonomous driving” and powered by a graphene-based battery. As with Fisker’s previous forays into the EV market, there are a lot of lofty promises attached to this burgeoning design, and time will tell whether the company can back them up. Fisker released a sneak peak of the nose end of his new EV in late October. The EMotion sedan looks somewhat similar to the Tesla Model S, but is more angular and almost robotic in nature. The EMotion is also outfitted with dihedral “butterfly” front and back doors, a departure from the norm. It’s worth mentioning that while the Tesla Model S has standard doors, fans will be familiar with the falcon-wing doors on the Model X, which actually caused a delay in the SUV’s release date due to their complicated operations. It’s no surprise that Fisker found a way to incorporate some wow-factor in the door department of his new EV. Related: Fisker promises a 2017 comeback with a 400-mile range electric sports car Fisker is falling short in one important area when it comes to this new design, where it comes to evidence. Tesla is famous for teasing about new products or functions and then swiftly delivering demonstrations, but so far Fisker is all talk and no show. There’s been no word on who will produce the self-driving technology Fisker plans to use (whereas Tesla developed its own) and the next-gen graphene battery tech is also a mystery at this point. With the Model S having a top range around 300 miles, far and above that of other electric luxury cars, Fisker will have to put his money where his mouth is in order to convince the world that he can actually create the dream car that will send a shockwave through the EV market. Whether Fisker Inc has what it takes to knock Tesla off its throne is another story, and we’re sure Elon Musk will have a thing or two up his sleeve to keep the competition exciting. Via The Verge Images via Fisker Inc

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Henrik Fisker just unveiled the face of his Tesla-killer electric car

October 26, 2016 by  
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Automotive designer Henrik Fisker just revealed the first head-on image of his upcoming long-range electric car . The new design is sleek and aerodynamic, with adaptive LED headlights and a combination radar and camera mounted in the center that will enable it to drive itself. Henrik Fisker’s new announcement follows last week’s reveal of a side view of the car , showcasing the vehicle’s distinctive butterfly doors. In an email to reporters, Fisker described the interior of the car as larger than its closest competitor, with a technology-focused user experience. The frame itself will be made of a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum. Though the capability is not yet available, eventually the vehicle will be able to operate autonomously . Fisker has yet to reveal exactly which supplier will be developing the self-driving tech. Related: Fisker promises a 2017 comeback with a 400-mile range electric sports car The new car will hit the market in the latter half of 2017, produced by Fisker’s new company, Fisker Inc. The price will be comparable to a high-end Tesla Model S , but Fisker plans to follow up with a consumer-friendly electric car that’s more affordable than either the Chevy Bolt or the Tesla Model 3 . The upcoming car will serve as a “spiritual successor” to the discontinued Fisker Karma , which was plagued with battery issues and eventually caused Fisker Automotive to go bankrupt . Here’s hoping the revolutionary batteries hyped in the new model have all the bugs worked out before release. + Fisker Inc. Via Autoblog

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Fisker promises a 2017 comeback with a 400-mile range electric sports car

October 5, 2016 by  
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A few months after the announcement that Fisker Automotive will reboot the Karma Revero , the company’s namesake Henrik Fisker says he is starting a new car company, called Fisker Inc., to produce an electric sports car that can travel over 400 miles between charges, a huge jump over existing EV ranges. Although the company hasn’t volunteered a solid launch date for such a vehicle, or any other details to speak of, Bloomberg reports that we’ll all learn more sometime in mid-2017. The Danish automotive designer told Bloomberg that his next EV offering will “look completely different” and will be “sporty and spacious.” While there’s no word on the initial cost of a technologically advanced EV with a 400-mile range, Fisker suggested there will be a mass market version priced around $40,000. That’s a pricepoint low enough to compete with the Tesla Model 3 , which debuted at $35,000 (but ‘only’ has a 215-mile range). Related: The Fisker Karma – a candidate for resurrection or DOA? Fisker has a long history in the automotive industry, having designed iconic cars for BMW, Aston Martin, and VLF Automotive. The CEO announced his new company in a Twitter update on Monday, October 3, saying, “The Original Fisker is back. I am very proud to be launching Fisker Inc. With a game changing battery technology.” Much like Tesla, Fisker will be producing its own electric car batteries as Fisker Nanotech. Reportedly, the company is working on graphene-based battery technology, which is a longer lasting alternative to lithium ion that has also been shown to charge much faster. “For the last two years, I have been looking at battery technologies and wanted to see if there was something that could really give us a new paradigm,” Fisker told Bloomberg. “We had the strategy of developing the technology as fast as possible without getting tied down to a large organization, which would hold us back. Now we have the technology that nobody else has. And there is nobody even close to what we are doing out there.” Via Engadget Images via Fisker Inc and Twitter via screenshot

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3 Inventors of world’s tiniest machines to share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 5, 2016 by  
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This week, the international team that invented the world’s tiniest machines won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Three scientists will share the prize in an even split: Jean-Pierre Sauvage (France), Sir Fraser Stoddart (Great Britain), and Bernard “Ben” Feringa (Netherlands). Over the course of 16 years beginning in 1983, these three invented and developed molecular machines that could some day lead to breakthroughs in new materials and energy storage devices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfB4NHDI83Q The molecular machines (also known as nanomachines ) invented and developed by this international trio are 1,000 times smaller than a single strand of hair. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences , which awards the Chemistry prize, describes the potential of the team’s innovation. “They have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added,” the academy said in a statement. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry (in addition to global fame) pays out $931,000 (8 million Swedish Krona). Stoddart, Sauvage, and Feringa will split the prize three ways. Related: Tiny nano motors could scrub our oceans clean of CO2 pollution In 1983, Sauvage successfully linked two ring-shaped molecules, creating a chain—the first breakthrough leading to the development of the tiny machines. In 1991, Stoddart developed a molecule called rotaxane, which involves a dumbbell-shaped molecule with a ring around its middle. Feringa, in 1999, became the first person to create a molecular motor, completing the machine. He has used molecular motors to rotate a glass cylinder 10,000 times bigger than the motor, hinting at the scientific potential of these incredibly minuscule machines. “The molecular motor is at the same stage as the electric motor was in the 1830s, when scientists displayed various spinning cranks and wheels, unaware that they would lead to electric trains, washing machines, fans and food processors,” the jury said when announcing the winners. Via DailyMail Images via Lard Bucket and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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