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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 Inc. and prominent Hakim Unique Group conglomerate team up to create the electric Fisker ORBIT Smart Shuttle autonomous vehicle for Smart Cities.

Posted by Fisker Inc on Nov 30, 2017 5:20:00 PM

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• World-renowned electric vehicle design and technology from Fisker will complement global smart city expertise, infrastructure and investments from Hakim Unique Group of China.

• Automotive design icon and electric vehicle industry revolutionary, Henrik Fisker and Fisker Inc., will team with prominent entrepreneur, Wang Qicheng (Jack Wong) and the Hakim Unique Group on a vision for more integrated smart city systems – starting with electric, autonomous shuttles from Fisker Inc.

• The development comes on the heels of Fisker Inc. news on the launch of its EMotion luxury electric sedan, Fisker scientists filing patents on solid-state battery technology and more electric vehicle technology breakthroughs.

(November 30, 2017) – 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 entering an alliance with prominent China-based conglomerate, Hakim Unique Group, to develop the world’s most appealing autonomous shuttle for smart cities across the globe. The partnership is reflective of both firms’ shared vision in new mobility trends and the elevation of integrated smart city concepts – bringing them to life with a powerful combination of infrastructure, world-renowned design and cutting-edge electric vehicle innovation.

  • Hakim Unique Group’s conglomerate of more than 160 wholly owned or partly controlled companies has an intense interest and expertise in developing smart city infrastructure – with a comprehensive range of experts across government, universities, operators and enterprises. And with full capabilities in consulting, advanced technical research, multi-mode operation, integration, implementation and operation – the company is positioned to influence the mobility needs, design and development of smart cities everywhere.
  • Fisker Inc. – the brainchild of automotive design icon and industry revolutionary, Henrik Fisker – has recently announced breakthrough developments on not just its own upcoming vehicles, including the Fisker EMotion luxury electric sedan, but in proprietary technologies that will change the face of the automotive industry and beyond. The company’s engineers, scientists and visionaries imagine connected cities that may benefit greatly from insight, expertise and aggressive R&D capabilities from a radically forward-thinking automotive company.
  • The first joint project will include the design, development and integration of a Fisker electric, autonomous shuttle into a Hakim Unique-implemented smart city. ‘Fisker Orbit’ vehicles would benefit from Henrik Fisker’s futuristic design vision and the latest high technology ergonomic interior of the future.
  • Fisker will begin delivering the first Orbit electric autonomous shuttles by the end of 2018.
Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc.
  • “Our tireless work at Fisker Inc. has never just been about the design and development of our own compelling electric vehicles – but exploring new frontiers in technology across multiple industries for the advancement of human mobility and progression of society as a whole. It’s in this spirit that we’re thrilled to partner with Hakim Unique Group and a top entrepreneur in “Jack” Wang Qicheng – who’s been at the forefront in investment, development and implementation of infrastructure for the smart cities of the future. The combination of our breakthrough automotive technology, design prowess and unique vantage point as industry revolutionaries – and Jack’s truly integrated vision of smart cities – is powerful. I am very excited about making the impossible, possible with intelligent urban ecosystems – starting with the development of one of the world’s most forward-thinking and uniquely designed electric, autonomous shuttles: The Fisker Orbit.” 
Qicheng Wang (Jack Wong), chairman of Hakim Unique Group
  • "Hakim Unique Group, as a leading Chinese enterprise in building smart cities, has been devoted to providing intelligent, convenient and integrated solutions for urban upgrading in China. We strive to bring the latest technology into the field of smart transportation and use it to improve public transportation, as well as help to promote social progress. Here, we share the same values with Fisker Inc.
  • Henrik Fisker – as an internationally acclaimed automotive designer, complemented with his strong team at Fisker Inc. – is a visionary with innovation and foresight in science and technology, giving us confidence in the prospect of our collaboration. Fisker Inc. and Hakim Unique Group will co-develop the autonomous shuttle 'Fisker Orbit,' in which Fisker Inc. will be responsible for technology development and product design, while Hakim Unique Group will be responsible for marketing and operation in China/Asia. The greatest opportunity for society in the future comes from the orchestra of data, intelligence and collaboration – as well as the convergence of online and offline activities. If we take this opportunity, we will restructure the business ecosystem. Hakim Unique Group aims to become an enterprise that can bring profound impact on human lives around the world, and even on the future of business. We believe that Fisker Inc. shares that same ambition, and our collaboration today will not only create a great win-win outcome, but also create a story and legacy to be relished by future generations.”

 

About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally desirable electric vehicles complemented with the longest EV range and shortest charging times 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 and mobility services – developing unique, high-performance electric vehicles with the latest technology to complement groundbreaking range, charging time, autonomous driving and user experiences. To learn more, visit www.FiskerInc.com.

About Hakim Unique Group

Hakim Unique Group (HUG) is a global conglomerate with more than 160 subsidiaries, including Hakim Unique Internet Co. Ltd, a publicly listed company on the Shenzhen A-Share Exchange. Founded in 2006 by prominent entrepreneur, Qicheng Wang, the company is focused on four major business sectors: Cultural media, healthcare, technology and finance. And with a total group valuation of more than 210 billion Yuan ($32 billion USD), HUG is ranked amongst China’s top 500 private enterprises according to Zheshang Magazine – as well as a top 100 most profitable company.

  •  Cultural Media: Hakim Unique Media Group delivers resources, content and scenes across the entire media industry. With renowned shareholders like Zhou Xun, Huang Lei, He Jiong and Kexin Chan Studio, the company has been engaged in film and variety shows – as well as the production/distribution of TV dramas, commercial performances, brand/internal marketing and artist/talent management. 
  • Healthcare: Hakim Unique Health Technology Co., Ltd., and Hakim Unique Smart Healthcare Services Co. Ltd. are committed to improving access to quality care globally. By connecting healthcare providers and patients through technology and service driven platforms, HUG, through its holdings in California Healthcom Group and HAOEYOU Satellite Clinics, has a presence in more than 200 tertiary hospitals in China.
  • Technology: Hakim Unique Internet Co. Ltd. (SZ 300300; A-Share listed on Shenzhen Exchange) is the leading force in smart city technology applications and artificial intelligence. With a strong internal R&D team and actively expanding smart city-based applications using artificial intelligence within its developments, HUG is creating a new business ecosystem and boosting new business development.
  •  Finance: The Group actively built a new financial section business group with total investments of 100 billion Yuan ($15 billion USD), including three major sub-groups of financial holding, financial technology and asset management.
  • With offices in nine major cities around the world (Paris, Vancouver, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Doha, Algiers and Los Angeles), Hakim Unique Group is fully committed to attracting worldwide attention and strategic partnerships within media, healthcare, finance, intelligent applications and other innovative industries.

Topics: Smart City, Autonomous Electric Public Transportation, Fisker News, ORBIT Electric Shuttle, Sustainability, Future, Innovation, Autonomous Vehicles

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 EVs, Fisker News, Sustainability, Future, Innovation