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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 SASHA LEKACH 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’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

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