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Solid-State Battery Breakthrough: Fisker Inc.’s Scientists File Patents on Superior Energy Density Tech, Shattering Conventional Thoughts on EV Range and Charge Times

Posted by Fisker Inc on Nov 13, 2017 12:02:00 PM
  •  Fisker’s scientists, including the co-founder of global battery tech pioneer Sakti3, filed patents this week on flexible, superior energy density solid-state 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 from 2023 onwards. • Fisker’s solid-state batteries will feature three-dimensional electrodes with 2.5 times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

LOS ANGELES (November 13, 2017) – Fisker Inc., designer and manufacturer of uniquely stunning electric vehicles complemented with some of the longest EV ranges on earth, has filed patents this week – under a non-publication request – on flexible solid-state battery technology to challenge conventional thought on vehicle battery energy density, range, charging times and manufacturing costs.

  • Fisker’s scientists have reached an early breakthrough in solid-state technology. The wider team includes the co-founder of solid-state battery technology pioneer, Sakti3 – a first inventor of the seminal patents. Implications for Fisker’s vehicles beyond 2023 – as well as the larger EV industry as a whole – are significant. The patent includes claims over novel materials and manufacturing processes that are critical in achieving the required energy density, power and cost targets that are paramount for the widespread use of electric vehicles.
REVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE. MULTIPLE INDUSTRY FIRSTS 
  • Current limitations in solid-state technology include low electrode current density, limited temperature ranges, limited materials availability, high costs and non-scalable manufacturing processes. Early results show that Fisker’s solid-state technology enables the construction of bulk three-dimensional solid-state electrodes with 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film solid-state electrodes and extremely high electronic and ionic conductivities – enabling fast charging and cold temperature operation. As a result, Fisker’s battery delivers 2.5 times the energy density of typical lithium-ion batteries – with the potential of costing one third of the 2020 projected price of those batteries due to advances in materials and manufacturing.
  • Several failure modes affect solid-state batteries, including low power and low rate capability due to high contact resistance and low ionic mobility in the layered electrode structures. Delamination issues due to volume changes and residual stresses during charge/discharge processes; dendrite penetration and stability vs. metallic lithium electrodes; and low ionic diffusion, particularly in low temperature climate due to solid-state material limitations, are also roadblocks. With the newly announced technology, Fisker’s scientists are addressing these technical bottlenecks. Figure: Fisker solid-state technology is capable of constructing bulk three-dimensional solid-state electrodes with 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film solid state electrodes and extremely high electronic and ionic conductivities – enabling fast charging and cold temperature operation.
  • Fisker anticipates the technology may be ready for automotive applications post 2023. Such long lead times are due to the lack of supply chains with particular raw materials and appropriate manufacturing tools, as well as established quality procedures for materials repeatability. Once the technology is fully validated, the battery will deliver a vehicle range of more than 500 miles on a single charge, and charging times as low as one minute – allowing technology to bypass the internal combustion engine and push the automobile into mass electrification. Fisker is in active discussions with various industrial groups around potential non-automotive partnerships – with the possibility of battery applications that may be commercialized much earlier than 2023.
  • Fisker’s flexible solid-state electrode construction will enable batteries with versatile voltage and form factors. They may be wound in cylindrical cells with higher voltage output, allowing usage of current tooling and machinery for battery packs – in addition to lesser cell-to-cell connections, thermal management and safety requirements. This further reduces battery system costs.

THE FISKER EMOTION LUXURY ELECTRIC FOUR-DOOR SEDAN: CES 2018 LAUNCH

  • The much-anticipated 2018 launch of the Fisker EMotion luxury electric vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show will showcase a proprietary battery module with advanced thermal management using 21700 NCM cells from LG Chem. The company has been simultaneously working on proprietary technology that will enable charging for a 127-mile range in nine minutes. Fisker’s solid-state battery and extreme fast charging technologies will be on full display at the vehicle’s launch at CES.

“Our aggressive vision for the entire EV and automotive industry, not just for Fisker Inc., revolves around making the impossible, possible – and this global solid-state battery breakthrough is reflective of our utmost seriousness in making that vision a reality,” said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. “It used to be about the efficiency of the gasoline engine. Now, it’s all about who breaks the code and smashes the barriers to future battery technologies that will enable mass market electrification. Our scientists have been working tirelessly to deliver. We’ve done it, and this is just the beginning.”

“This breakthrough marks the beginning of a new era in solid-state materials and manufacturing technologies,” said Dr. Fabio Albano, VP of battery systems at Fisker Inc. “We are addressing all of the hurdles that solid-state batteries have encountered on the path to commercialization, such as performance in cold temperatures; the use of low cost and scalable manufacturing methods; and the ability to form bulk solid-state electrodes with significant thickness and high active material loadings. We are excited to build on this foundation and move the needle in energy storage.”

About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally stunning luxury electric vehicles complemented with the longest EV range on earth. 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 – developing unique, high-performance electric vehicles with truly disruptive design and groundbreaking battery technology. 


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

Fisker Inc. and Quanergy Set to Debut All-New Fisker Emotion at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

Posted by Fisker Inc on Oct 11, 2017 5:16:00 PM

– Quanergy Named Official LiDAR Partner of Fisker Inc. –

LOS ANGELES (October 11, 2017) – Fisker Inc., electric vehicle OEM, designer and manufacturer of uniquely stunning electric vehicles complemented with some of the longest EV ranges on earth, has officially announced it will showcase the all-new EMotion with Quanergy Systems, Inc. in booth #3315 at the upcoming 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In partnership with Fisker Inc., Quanergy Systems, Inc., the leading provider of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions, will be integrating five of Quanergy’s S3 LiDAR sensors into the Fisker EMotion which will be showcased as part of the vehicle during CES January 9-12, 2018. CES will mark the first time media and showgoers will get an up close and personal look of Fisker’s newest vehicle creation.

Dedicated to bringing real-world autonomous driving to market, Fisker Inc. and Quanergy Systems, Inc. are working closely in partnership to integrate autonomous hardware, specifically LiDAR, in the Fisker EMotion body design as a seamless part of the vehicle and not an aesthetic eyesore. Quanergy’s LiDAR sensors lead the industry in all six key commercialization areas of price, performance, reliability, size, weight, and power efficiency, while meeting the mass deployment requirements of durability and dependability. The front end of the Fisker EMotion is inspired by the integration of the LiDAR in the center chrome piece – an aesthetic set to be the design DNA of all future Fisker vehicles. The smart sensing technology enables real-time 3D mapping and object detection, tracking and classification. The Fisker Emotion will be available in 2019 and will feature the Quanergy S3 LiDAR sensor and all autonomous features as part of an optional upgraded package for customers.

“The Fisker EMotion is set to be the next leader in electric vehicles and we are honored to be a part of this groundbreaking opportunity by providing our LiDAR sensors to help guide drivers on the road,” said Louay Eldada, Quanergy CEO. “Our leading LiDAR sensors will elevate the autonomous capabilities of the EMotion to support Henrik’s vision of a truly autonomous and connected experience in a luxury automobile that will further advance the world’s view of autonomous and electric vehicles.”

“The Emotion has been a dream of mine for many years and bringing it to life has been a journey of finding the best partners to incorporate the leading technology and design to make the EMotion the best possible electric vehicle on the road – advancing the conversation and mainstream capabilities of all electric vehicles on the road,” said Henrik Fisker, founder and CEO of Fisker Inc. “Partnering with Quanergy to incorporate their LiDAR systems is the missing piece needed to elevate the technology needed to give customers a true electric, autonomous and connected experience.”

  • Design: The Fisker EMotion luxury electric car, set for production in 2019, features design elements never before seen in the automotive industry.
    • The first vehicle to be truly designed with an EV powertrain in mind: longer wheelbase designed for the world’s largest EV battery pack, a stretched cabin for more interior space and more.
    • A much more dramatically sloping aerodynamic front-end with panoramic views of the road ahead.
    • The carbon rim wheels are sized to give the car the right body volume over the wheels with a powerful, timeless sculptured form.
    • The interior will redefine the way we think of a luxury car interior, incorporating the most advanced future technologies enhancing functionality and user experience. o All with the most emotionally stunning style available on an EV.
  • Battery Technology: Fisker and LG Chem are ensuring that Fisker vehicles like the EMotion will leverage the power of the highest energy density cell in the world by using state-of-the-art NCM chemistry (developed by LG Chem). Fisker is also developing a highly sophisticated and thermally advanced battery pack for the EMotion that will package the largest amount of LG Chem cells ever seen before in an EV.
    • Safety: The EMotion will feature the highest battery safety features in the industry at cell, module and pack level.
  • Charging Technology: Fisker is working on its Ultra Charger™ in close collaboration with one of the world’s premiere engineering companies, to fast charge EVs/hybrids (not just Fiskers) in ways that have never even been dreamed in the industry. Technology that literally will change the way the market and consumers think of/understand vehicle charging, infrastructure and more. With innovation both in battery and charging tech, the Fisker EMotion will charge for 125 miles in nine minutes, with a 400 mile range overall.
  • Servicing EVs/Hybrids: Fisker is developing a fully connected service experience for the customers. A truly premium experience will have concierge service and vehicle telematics systems integrated directly into the growing national network of Fisker service centers – enabling vehicles to eventually be able to automatically identify available service center, integrate service appointments with vehicle owners’ personal calendars, order parts, report problems and communicate service progress. Digital keys will enable a Fisker concierge to pick up and drop off vehicles without inconveniencing owners.
  • Price of Fisker EMotion: Base price is set at $129,900.

Fisker Inc. is committed to bring these long range and fast charging innovations into the high volume electric vehicle market that will drive the mass adoption of electric vehicles. Fisker is currently also working on a high volume spacious family vehicle that will feature some of the game changing electric vehicle innovations shown in the Fisker EMotion.

About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most stunning electric vehicles complemented with the longest EV range on earth. 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 – developing unique, high-performance electric vehicles with disruptive design and battery technology. 

About Quanergy Systems, Inc.

Quanergy Systems was founded in 2012 and builds on decades of experience of its team in the areas of optics, photonics, optoelectronics, robotics, artificial Intelligence, machine learning and controls. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Quanergy offers the world’s leading LiDAR sensors and software for the capture and processing of 3D spatial data, and object detection, tracking and classification. Its sensing systems improve safety, efficiency and costs in sectors ranging from transportation and security to industrial automation and 3D terrestrial and aerial mapping. In transportation, the data is utilized in real time to greatly improve the accuracy and reliability of on-board driver safety systems and enhance them with perception, scenario analysis, and decision making capability for cost-effective and robust advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) solutions. Quanergy’s LiDARs lead in all key commercialization areas – price, performance, reliability, size, weight, power efficiency – while meeting the mass deployment requirements of durability and dependability using solid state technology. For more information, visit www.quanergy.com

Topics: Fisker News, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Fisker EVs, Emotion EV, Innovation

Henrik Fisker Unveils Official Name and Design Specifications of Fisker Inc.'s Inaugural All-Electric Vehicle

Posted by Fisker Inc on Oct 31, 2016 4:42:00 PM

FISKER EMOTION TO REDEFINE PREMIUM, ALL-ELECTRIC LUXURY AS FIRST SEDAN TO BOAST 400-MILE RANGE

Henrik Fisker, entrepreneur and world-renowned automotive designer, through his newly launched Fisker Inc., announced today the design and specifications surrounding the launch of his forthcoming electric vehicle, the Fisker EMotion.

The Fisker EMotion highlights new styles and proportions for the luxury sport sedan category with a sculptural body and greenhouse emphasizing aerodynamics. The vehicle will include a large curved front windscreen pushed forward, diving into an extremely low bonnet. The rear features an integrated spoiler and aggressive functional diffusor to aid aerodynamics, which will help achieve a 161 mph (260 Km/h) top speed and a 400-mile (640 KM) electric range.

Fisker has taken advantage of the newly developed electric power train layout by pushing the vehicle’s entire interior compartment forward and increasing the wheelbase with distinctively short front and rear overhangs, a layout that increases the interior space. The interior will have more space than its closest competitors and more rear legroom than many full-size luxury sedans, despite its sporty silhouette. The Fisker EMotion will feature a composite, carbon fiber and aluminum structure with an innovative battery integration. 

The EMotion will be equipped with hardware that will allow fully autonomous driving when approved and released by a soon-to-be-announced partnered supplier. The interior will emphasize ultimate comfort and user interface from both front and rear seats, and all seats will have access to screens and infotainment features.  

The Fisker EMotion is scheduled to be produced in an existing facility in the USA. The first deliveries will be announced after the vehicle is shown in mid 2017.

Topics: Fisker News, Autonomous Vehicles, Fisker EVs, Emotion EV, Innovation

Henrik Fisker Relaunches Fisker Inc.

Posted by Fisker Inc on Oct 4, 2016 4:07:00 PM

ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF ALL-ELECTRIC PREMIUM VEHICLE DELIVERING WORLD’S LONGEST ELECTRIC RANGE

Henrik Fisker, entrepreneur and world-renowned automotive designer, founder of Fisker Automotive in 2007, and creator of the 2012 Fisker Karma, the world’s first premium electric car with a range extender, today announced the relaunch of his eponymous company, Fisker Inc., and the development of a new, all-electric premium vehicle featuring a battery technology that will deliver the world’s longest electric range of any production car previously developed. Scheduled to showcase its first premium, all-electric vehicle, a spiritual successor to the Fisker Karma, in the second half of 2017, the newly launched Fisker Inc. will create electric vehicles that break the mold of what’s currently available to consumers. The vehicle will feature a patented battery that will deliver a significantly longer life and range than any battery currently on the market. 

“Fisker Inc. will spearhead a revolution in electric cars that will disrupt the electric vehicle market and change the world,"said Henrik Fisker, who serves as Chairman and CEO. “Both the technology and the market are more mature now than when we first started out as pioneers in the electric vehicle industry, and our new vehicle will be the most innovative and cutting-edge electric car ever created.”

The battery chemistry is unlike anything used by an electric vehicle to date, designed to increase power and provide a longer battery life, while introducing a new packaging methodology and lightweight materials in the battery pack.

Fisker Inc.’s debut vehicle will include dynamic, never-before -seen design features, combining advanced materials with the use of the latest optimization software. The car will have more rear legroom and headroom than any of its closest competitors. In addition to launching a first-of-its-kind premium vehicle, Fisker is developing a mass-market, affordable electric vehicle that will retail for less than its competitors, but will feature a longer electric range.

ABOUT HENRIK FISKER

Henrik Fisker is one of the world’s leading automotive designers and entrepreneurs. Founder, Chairman and CEO of the newly launched Fisker Inc., Fisker previously founded Fisker Automotive in 2007, where he served as Chairman and CEO until 2013 and launched the world’s first premium electric vehicle with a range extender – the 2012 Fisker Karma. In January 2016, Fisker co-founded VLF Automotive, an American luxury sports car manufacturer based in Auburn Hills, Michigan that focuses on low volume, specialty cars, with Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal. Fisker is head of design and product strategy at VLF, which currently boasts three models: the VLF Destino V8, VLF Force 1 V10 and VLF Rocket. In June 2013, he founded and currently serves as the CEO of HF Design, a design and innovation company developing a number of first-to-market consumer products in categories ranging from automotive, lifestyle, homeware, education and smart devices. The company announced a partnership with Benetti Yachts in April 2016, launching a 164-foot super yacht series called the Benetti Fisker 50. From 2001-2005, Fisker was design director and board member of Aston Martin and also held various senior roles at Ford Motor Company. From 1989- 2000, Fisker held various prominent positions at BMW including President and CEO of BMW Designworks USA. Fisker is known for designing iconic cars such as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Aston Martin DB9.

ABOUT FISKER INC.

California-based Fisker Inc. is an American automaker revolutionizing the development of electric vehicles with game-changing battery solutions. 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, developing unique, high-performance electric vehicles.

ABOUT FISKER AUTOMOTIVE

Henrik Fisker founded Fisker Automotive, introducing the first-ever green lifestyle automotive company, in 2007. In 2012, Fisker Automotive boasted a team of 600 people, raised more than $1 billion in capital and skyrocketed from concept to a full-scale production, sales and marketing company, launching the critically acclaimed Fisker Karma. Fisker Automotive won numerous awards and honors for the Karma, including Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year in 2012, and sold more than 2000 vehicles. On the heels of its battery supplier filing for bankruptcy after two battery recalls, Fisker Automotive Inc. filed for bankruptcy in November 2013. Its assets, excluding the Fisker brand, were subsequently sold in a structured bankruptcy auction to China-based Wanxiang Group in February 2014.

Topics: Fisker News, Fisker EVs, Sustainability, Innovation, Future