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Fisker electric SUV teaser shows off a unique D-pillar turn signal

Posted by Fisker Inc on Jun 28, 2019 4:28:06 PM

Road/Show by CNET article by ANDREW KROK


This is the first time we've seen anything of its rear end.

Henrik Fisker via Twitter

Henrik Fisker is determined to make it happen again. After launching the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma, and subsequently abandoning the project and off-loading its IP to the group that eventually started Karma Automotive, the automotive designer is preparing to launch his next vehicular venture. We've only seen hints of the front end, but now, it's time to take a look 'round back.

Henrik Fisker this week tweeted out a teaser for his upcoming electric SUV. It's the first time we've seen even part of the rear end, and it looks pretty interesting, especially the body line that rises well above the shoulder line as it works its way back toward the D-pillar. The roof looks to have a bit of a fastback angle to it, and the taillights (what we can see, at least) look plenty slim.

The most interesting bit, however, is an integrated turn signal in the D-pillar. According to Fisker's tweet, it's meant to "provide extra safety when you change lanes." Additional lane-change signals are not necessarily new, but the overwhelming majority of them are slapped on the side-view mirrors. This is a unique location to put a marker, considering turn signals are usually integrated into the taillight structure.

So far, we've only seen hints of the unnamed SUV's front end. It's an interesting look, with headlights that have more than a hint of Range Rover in them, with some properly bulky fenders and bumpers that give the ute a little more rugged look than one might expect from a tech-forward electric vehicle. It's unclear when we'll get to see the whole thing, but given Fisker's timeline, it shouldn't be too far down the road.

Fisker first announced his intention to build an electric SUV in March. He estimates that the car will have an all-electric range north of 300 miles, yet its price tag is aiming below $40,000, which would make it one heck of a deal. The hope is that it'll come out in 2021, but before that, a drivable prototype is expected to make an appearance before the end of this year.

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

Fisker teases electric crossover again and a high-vis turn signal

Posted by Fisker Inc on Jun 28, 2019 4:26:43 PM

Elon Musk turns to Twitter when it's time to spread the Tesla news. Henrik Fisker perfers Facebook. The Danish-American designer took to FB once more to tease his coming electric crossover, this time showing a slice of the rear three-quarter. The feature he wants to highlight is the turn signal set into the D-pillar, which "will provide extra safety when you change lanes."

There are a fair few other details to glean as well. Starting from the top, a sunroof opening appears mounted quite a bit rearward. The aperture appears small in view of Fisker promising us that pressing a button will open the roof to create "an extended open-air atmosphere;" so we expect there's another opening over the front seats. The belt line catches the eye; we'll see what it does for rear three-quarter visibility from the driver's seat. The pop-out door handles look to be illuminated by thin LED strips, and more such strips look to define the CHMSL on the tailgate spoiler and taillights. And note the curve of that seriously punched-out rear fender, designed to fit the optional 22-inch wheel.


Fisker says the full-on reveal comes this December. From that point, it'll be around an 18-month wait for the production version, planned for the latter half of 2021. Many headlining features have been promised, from the "vastly spacious" and "innovative interior with new utility features," the "captivating design touches that have been traditionally reserved for supercars," and an as-yet-unidentified "new radical feature."

Beyond the teasers, what we're expecting is a 300-mile range from a lithium-ion battery pack of at least 80 kWh, a single electric motor standard, two when optioned with all-wheel drive, and a price of under $40,000 to start.

The electric mover will be one of three affordable EVs coming from Fisker gathered under the $129,000 EMotion flagship electric sedan. Expect more teasers before December.

 

 

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

New electric SUV offers inductive charging, so no need to plug in: Fisker CEO

Posted by Fisker Inc on Jun 28, 2019 4:18:11 PM

By Stu Oppenheim
FOXBusiness

The road rivalry is revving up as electric car brand Fisker is set to take on Tesla’s Model Y.

“We will offer inductive charging so you won’t have to plug in your car to charge,” Fisker Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker told FOX Business’ “Countdown to the Closing Bell” on Monday.

Fisker is looking to release his newest model SUV in about two years.

“We are looking right now at eight states here in the U.S. We have sort of RFPs out, meaning tenders eight states, to talk with them about possible locations, he said. “We’ll launch it by around mid-2021.”

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

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