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Former Volkswagen and Toyota Executive, Don Jackson, to Lead Fisker Inc. Manufacturing

Posted by Fisker Inc on Apr 5, 2019 12:44:46 PM
  • Jackson named senior advisor of manufacturing, spearheading Fisker Inc. strategy and site selection
  • Former roles include: President of Manufacturing at Volkswagen of America and Senior Vice President, Quality and Production at Toyota
  • Announcement follows the reveal of Fisker’s affordable, luxury electric SUV – slated for production in the United States and mass market launch in 2021

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Never-before-seen design image of Fisker’s affordable, all-electric luxury SUV – set for launch in 2021

LOS ANGELES (April 5, 2019) – Fisker Inc. – designer and manufacturer of the world’s most desirable electric vehicles, breakthrough automotive technology and advanced mobility solutions – has appointed Don Jackson as senior advisor of manufacturing. The seasoned industry executive will spearhead manufacturing strategy and site selection as Fisker Inc. prepares for the launch of its stunningly designed, affordable all-electric luxury SUV – slated for the second half of 2021.

Automotive Manufacturing and Quality Leadership

  • Jackson comes equipped with more than 40 years of manufacturing leadership. Before taking on a key role at Volkswagen of America as President of Manufacturing, he served as Senior Vice President, Quality and Production for Toyota's Texas operations. Prior to this, Jackson served as Vice President of Manufacturing for Toyota’s operations in Kentucky.
  • More recently, he founded Jackson Management Group, LLC, which is focused on providing strategy for various companies in lean manufacturing and best management practice.

Multiple States Being Considered for Production

  • Fisker Inc. is currently finalizing the selection of a facility, located in the United States, to produce the mass market, all-electric luxury SUV.
  • California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia are among the states currently being considered through an RFP process.

Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO – Fisker Inc.

“Following the exciting announcement on our affordable electric luxury SUV for the mass global market, we sought out an automotive industry leader with a strong history of results in high-volume manufacturing and the utmost in quality control. Don has lead operations for the largest OEMs, raising the bar in vehicle quality and reliability. We are delighted to have him join our team as we ramp up toward launch in 2021 and prepare to bring a more emotion-stirring, American-made EV design to people worldwide.”

Don Jackson, senior advisor of manufacturing – Fisker Inc.

“The future of the automotive industry lies in electric vehicles. There’s an undeniable shift toward sustainable mobility around the globe, and Fisker is breaking the mold with the most forward-thinking technologies complemented by Henrik’s world-renowned, emotionally-compelling design touches. I share Fisker’s vision of driving mass electrification forward by producing more desirable EVs for the global market here in the United States, and I look forward to building a disruptive strategy that combines Fisker’s unique business model with the very best manufacturing practices that assure unparalleled results and outstanding, reliable products. The Fisker team is committed to exceeding customer expectations globally.”

For more information, or for interview inquiries, contact Fisker@GoDRIVEN360.com.

About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally desirable electric vehicles complemented with the longest range and shortest charging times on earth. As a leading force in influencing mass market electrification across the globe, the company’s scientific breakthroughs include the patented Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery – ushering in a new era in fast charging, safety and range.

The brainchild of EV pioneer and world-leading automotive designer, Henrik Fisker, Fisker Inc.’s mission is to set a new standard of excellence and performance in the electric vehicle industry and mobility services – developing unique, high-performance electric vehicles that feature the latest in emerging technologies and exciting user experiences. To learn more, visit www.FiskerInc.com.

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Topics: Fisker EVs, Sustainability, SUV, Electric Vehicle

Fisker unveils plans for $40,000 electric SUV to compete with Tesla Model Y

Posted by Fisker Inc on Mar 20, 2019 12:00:36 PM

Mashable Article by SASHA LEKACH

Several years ago, Fisker was considered a viable Tesla competitor — but after problems with its Karma electric luxury sedan, it slipped out of the limelight. 

But on Monday, the company from iconic car designer Henrik Fisker, announced it was ready to take on Tesla again. It unveiled an unnamed electric SUV priced at $40,000. It's supposed to be the first of three "affordable" electric vehicles coming from the car maker.

Although details are scarce this early in the process, Fisker made the announcement just days after Tesla unveiled its Model Y compact SUV. The pricing for Tesla's newest car? It starts at $39,000. 

Fisker plans for the car to officially launch in 2021 and is targeting — just like the Model Y — a 300-mile range on a single charge. A four-wheel drive version with two electric motors will be available, like Tesla's dual motor version of the Model 3.

More details like the name, final look of the SUV, and exact pricing will come by the end of this year. Reservations for the car will be available closer to the production date. 

Also like Tesla, Fisker is figuring out manufacturing plans, but will select a facility within the U.S. The Model 3 is made at Tesla's Fremont factory, while the Model Y may be assembled in the Nevada Gigafactory.

Fisker's EMotion luxury sedan — considered a Model S competitor — is the company's "flagship" car, and is expected to go 500 miles on a single charge. It'll be the first car to feature the company's solid-state batteries instead of typical lithium-ion batteries. Fisker anticipates charging times dropping to just minutes. 

The EMotion was first shown at CES last year, but the release date of the car with its signature butterfly doors (take that falcon wings!) is still unclear. The priority is to get the more affordable EVs made and available first.

Fisker also plans to release its Orbit driverless shuttle later this year.

Topics: Fisker News, Fisker EVs, Innovation, Future, Design, SUV, Electric Vehicle

Fisker Electric SUV priced under $40,000.

Posted by Fisker Inc on Mar 20, 2019 11:43:59 AM

Fisker Inc. Reveals Stunning All-Electric SUV Design, Priced Below $40,000

  • Dramatically sculpted vehicle is set to #ReinventTheSUV with a futuristic, elegant muscular look – to be launched in the second half of 2021
  • Emotion-stirring design is combined with a technologically advanced, intuitive user experience and a target range of close to 300 miles to make EVs as practical, desirable and attainable as ever
  • The luxurious SUV is the first in an upcoming lineup of three affordable all-electric vehicles created by world-renowned American automotive industry design icon, Henrik Fisker

WHAT/WHEN:

  • Fisker Inc. – designer and manufacturer of the world’s most desirable electric vehicles, breakthrough automotive technology and advanced mobility solutions – is releasing early details on a stunning new all-electric SUV design, priced below $40,000 (U.S.) and set to launch in the second half of 2021.
  • #ReinventTheSUV: The all-electric luxury vehicle is shattering old notions of what an SUV can be. World-renowned American automotive design icon, Henrik Fisker, sculpted a futuristic, elegant muscular EV with clean surfaces and a dramatic shape. The affordable mass market vehicle features captivating design touches that have been traditionally reserved for supercars in the past.

Passion In the Details:

  • Future-forward technologies are now an integral part of the SUV’s design. A small, center high-mounted radar – behind glass – replaces a traditional grill, which is no longer a necessity on an EV.
  • A parametric pattern dominates the lower front, where air cooling is directed only as needed.
  • Lower body aerodynamic features add more stimulating visuals.
  • Never-Before-Seen, High-Tech User Experiences:
  • With the touch of a button, an extended open-air atmosphere will be made possible without compromising the rugged and safe structural integrity of an SUV.
  • The vastly spacious interior is complemented by a modern aesthetic and high-quality materials.
  • Dashboard features will include a large heads-up display and a unique, intuitive user interface that will control some of the latest emerging in-vehicle technologies.

Cutting-Edge Options and Performance:

  • Available in four-wheel drive with two electric motors – one at the front and one at the rear.
  • The all-electric SUV will come standard with an extended range (target of approximately 300 miles), enabled by an enhanced +80 KWh lithium-ion battery pack. More details will be released closer to launch.
  • Optional 22-inch wheels.

Pricing and Sales:

  • Set at a base price below $40,000 (U.S.), final pricing and a drivable prototype is anticipated to be revealed by the end of 2019.
  • Fisker is set to sell direct to consumers. A nationwide concierge service model is also in development for a superior user and maintenance experience.
  • The company will begin accepting early deposits closer to the start of production. More information on timelines, as well as a website link, will be shared at a later date.

Production:

  • Fisker Inc. is currently finalizing the selection of a facility, located in the United States, to produce the all-electric SUV.

The First of Three All-New, Mass Market Vehicles:

  • The company is actively engaged in the development of a larger line-up of affordable, luxurious and technologically advanced electric vehicles – with the SUV launching first.
  • The previously unveiled Fisker EMotion luxury electric sedan, the brand’s low-volume flagship model, will now be introduced to the market after an affordable model becomes available. As the ultimate symbol of future emerging technologies, the high-end EMotion will retake the stage as patented Fisker Solid-State Battery technology becomes ready for vehicle application and commercialization. More information and timelines will be released at a later date.

HENRIK FISKER, CHAIRMAN AND CEO:

· “Our team set out on a mission to create an affordable EV that’s more exciting and emotion-stirring than what the market has been offering. We’re now excited to be introducing a vehicle that truly reinvents the SUV. At an affordable price point, starting below $40,000, we’re delivering a desirable, luxuriously rugged and green vehicle – complete with unique new experiences and technologies – that’s accessible to people across the USA and the world.

· While other manufacturers have introduced beautiful, high-performance electric cars with high price tags, the real race is about who can deliver a truly high-volume, affordable, yet desirable EV – produced through a unique, profitable business model. The Fisker team is thrilled to be playing a leading role in that revolution. The future success of EVs relies on creating an emotional connection with the consumer – in addition to longer range and more practicality for the wider market. Our affordable SUV will be powered by an enhanced +80 KWh lithium-ion battery pack that pushes the limit – with a range of close to 300 miles.

· At the same time, we’re investing heavily into next generation technologies, highlighted by our patented Fisker Solid-State Battery technology. Our team of scientists have been working tirelessly within our in-house labs, with remarkable results to date as we move toward vehicle testing with partners next year. We believe that super luxury vehicles must offer the absolute latest in emerging technologies. Our flagship, low-volume EMotion luxury electric sedan will be the first model to feature Fisker Solid-State batteries, targeted to deliver more than 500 miles of range with a single, quick charge.”

MEDIA/ANALYSTS:

· For inquiries, please contact fisker@GoDRIVEN360.com.

About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally desirable electric vehicles complemented with the longest range and shortest charging times on earth. As a leading force in influencing mass market electrification across the globe, the company’s scientific breakthroughs include the patented Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery – ushering in a new era in fast charging, safety and range.

The brainchild of EV pioneer and world-leading automotive designer, Henrik Fisker, Fisker Inc.’s mission is to set a new standard of excellence and performance in the electric vehicle industry and mobility services – developing unique, high-performance electric vehicles that feature the latest in emerging technologies and exciting user experiences. To learn more, visit www.FiskerInc.com.

Topics: Innovation, Design, SUV, Electric Vehicle

Fisker Inc. Announces Strategic Investment From Caterpillar Ventures

Posted by Fisker Inc on Oct 22, 2018 4:50:00 PM

Investment aimed at Fisker Inc.'s future solid-state battery technology with applications in construction, energy storage, transportation and mining industries

Fisker Inc., an e-mobility and technology company developing electric vehicles and proprietary solid-state battery technologies, has announced today a strategic investment from Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Fisker Inc.'s solid-state batteries present the next generation post lithium-ion era of future battery technologies, that offer bulk electrodes with high energy densities, enhanced safety, faster charge times and lower costs.

Caterpillar Ventures' investment in Fisker illustrates a mutually recognized importance that electrification solutions will represent to multiple business segments in the future. While Caterpillar and Fisker serve fundamentally different industries, advancements in electrification technologies pose increasing importance and offer the potential to positively impact customer value for the right products.

About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally desirable electric vehicles complemented with the longest range and shortest charging times on earth. As a leading force in influencing mass market electrification across the globe, the company's scientific breakthroughs include the patent-pending Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery – ushering in a new era in fast charging, safety, range and costs of less than $100 per kWh. The brainchild of EV pioneer and world-leading automotive designer, Henrik Fisker, Fisker Inc.'s mission is to set a new standard of excellence and performance in the electric vehicle industry and mobility services – developing unique, high-performance electric vehicles that feature the latest in autonomous driving technology and exciting user experiences. To learn more, visit, www.FiskerInc.com.

About Caterpillar Ventures

Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc. (Caterpillar Ventures) assists entrepreneurs around the world to grow and scale their businesses to build today for a better tomorrow by leveraging Caterpillar's industry expertise, supply base and independent dealer network. Caterpillar Ventures' focus areas of investment include robotics, energy, advanced materials, and digital solutions that help our customers be successful. Caterpillar Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-­electric locomotives. For more information, visit caterpillar.com/ventures

Topics: Fisker News, Fisker Solid State Battery, Sustainability, Innovation, Future

Fisker’s EMotion Electric Luxury Sedan and Flexible Solid-State Battery Make Global Debut at CES 2018

Posted by Fisker Inc on Jan 23, 2018 4:41:49 PM
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  • Dramatic luxury electric design from world-renowned automotive industry icon, Henrik Fisker, unveils in Las Vegas at CES on Jan. 9 at booth #3315 (North Hall)
  • Supercar desire, five integrated Quanergy S3 LiDAR sensors for autonomous driving, automatic butterfly doors, the ‘luxury interior of the future’ and more highlight the stunning EMotion
  • Fisker’s patent-pending Flexible Solid-State Battery changes global perception on EV charging and powering personal electronics with 2.5 times the energy density of lithium-ion; Working battery and bulk battery will be on display at CES

LAS VEGAS (January 9, 2018) – A new era in emotionally stirring electric luxury vehicle design – complemented with global technological breakthroughs in battery technology for charging EVs and personal consumer electronics alike – is arriving at CES 2018 with Fisker’s two global launches.

  • Fisker Inc. – designer and manufacturer of the world’s most desirable electric vehicles complemented with some of the longest EV ranges and breakthrough automotive technology – is unveiling the stunning Fisker EMotion luxury electric sedan for the first time in public at CES, starting Jan. 9 at booth #3315.
  • To complement the global debut of the EMotion, the truly groundbreaking, patent-pending Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery will be on full display – separate from the vehicle. With immense implications for the automotive industry and personal consumer electronics around the globe, the breakthrough battery technology delivers 2.5 times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries – shattering conventional thought on EV range and charge times.

DRAMATIC SUPERCAR DESIRE. LEVEL 4 AUTONOMOUS DRIVING. THE LUXURY INTERIOR OF THE FUTURE. ENTER EMOTION.

  • Fisker EMotion disrupts convention in the most sensually radical way. The luxury electric EMotion delivers an exterior design language that emotionally connects with the consumer and evokes senses – complemented with an interior that creates personalized environments through individually designed seats and tailor-made luxury touches.
  • Performance, Handling & More
    • EV Range: 400 miles
    • Top Speed: (Estimated) 161 mph
    • All-Wheel Drive
    • 24" Low Rolling Resistant Pirelli Tires
      • Optional lightweight Carbon barrel wheels
    • 5 Integrated Quanergy LiDARs For Autonomous Driving Capability (Up to L4)
      • Patented S3 Solid-State LiDAR Sensors: Designed to provide the highest level of performance, reliability, durability and dependability required in safety-critical automotive situations
      • Unparalleled Awareness: Only LiDAR with sensor hardware and perception software (The vehicle senses and perceives surroundings – detecting and classifying objects for real-time reaction)
    • Design
      • Elegant, Sporty, Timeless Design with Pure Dramatic Sculpture
      • Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Lightweight Construction
      • Front Brand Identity Design: Vehicle crafted around the LiDARs (Rather than an antiquated radiator)
      • Front LiDAR Integrated Flush Behind Front Wheel
      • Rear LiDAR Hidden in Lower Rear Rocker Panel
      • Doors Open/Close Controlled by Smartphone – With Exterior Unmovable Flush Touch Handles (Illuminated handles; discreet inner levers and touch panel closes)
      • Lower Exterior: Aero features, front spoiler, side rocker panels and rear diffuser in exposed lightweight carbon fiber
    • Interior, Comfort, Convenience & More
      • Interior: Defining the Future of Luxury
      • Ultra-Soft Premium Leather
      • Interior Color: Caramel and Midnight Black (Fisker was the first automotive brand to offer a vegan interior as an option – and will do so again with the EMotion)
      • Three Driver-Oriented Screens, With Center Curved Screen
      • Inductive Charging Ports and Special Holders For Four Smartphones (Partially visible)
      • Carbon Fiber Center Console with Additional Storage Space for Tablets and Accessories
      • Four Individual, Electric Adjustable First-Class Seats
      • Optional 27" Curved Rear Screen For "Chauffeur Edition"
      • Five Seats, Rear Bench Option
      • Individual Four Zone Electric Adjustable Tinted Roof: Electrochromic Glass in Collaboration with Lipik

FISKER FLEXIBLE SOLID-STATE TECHNOLOGY: A NEW ERA IN ENERGY STORAGE AND CHARGING.

  • Fisker’s scientists, including the former co-founder of global battery tech pioneer Sakti3, filed patents on flexible, superior energy density solid-state batteries.
  • Fisker’s solid-state batteries will feature three-dimensional electrodes with 2.5 times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.
  • Breakthrough technology will enable dramatically longer ranges of more than 500 miles on a single charge and charging times as low as one minute – faster than filling up a gas tank.
  • Automotive applications anticipated to be production grade ready sometime after 2020. Fisker anticipates personal electronics/cell phone battery production earlier – and possibly in 2018.
  • A working battery in a case and an actual bulk battery without a case will be on display at CES. The working battery will be half the size of a cell phone battery, 2mm thick and with superior energy storage.

“We are truly entering a new era in the way the world thinks about vehicles, the way EVs are charged and the way personal consumer electronics are powered – with Fisker Inc. now clearly at the forefront of that revolution through our worldwide launches at CES,” said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. “With the EMotion, we’re introducing edgy, dramatic and emotionally-charged design/proportions – complemented with technological innovation that moves us into the future. That design balance is what has made the Fisker brand emotionally connect with our consumers. We’ve also made the seemingly impossible, possible with our scientists spearheading the breakthrough in Flexible Solid-State battery technology – which is the next generation in charging everything from your personal cell phone to enabling mass adoption of electric vehicles due to unprecedented ranges and lighting fast charge times. We’re incredibly excited to showcase working solid-state batteries and the vehicle, in-person, on such a massive global stage. Fisker Inc. is about breaking barriers, leading in automotive technologies and ultimately creating the most desirable, functional futuristic electric vehicles.”

The Fisker EMotion will be produced in the United States at a location to be announced during the second half of 2018. To schedule interviews with Fisker Inc., contact Fisker@GoDRIVEN360.com.

Topics: Fisker News, Fisker Solid State Battery, Autonomous Vehicles, Fisker EVs, Emotion EV, Innovation