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Henrik Fisker teases possible open-sky option for upcoming electric SUV. Those are some fancy lookin' switches.

Posted by Fisker Inc on Aug 6, 2019 5:01:03 PM

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Will it be the hardtop equivalent of a landaulet, or will it be something closer to what the Jeep Wrangler offers?

Henrik Fisker via Twitter

If famed car designer Henrik Fisker isn't careful, he's liable to throw out so many teasers for his upcoming electric SUV that we'll be able to piece the thing together before its official unveiling. His latest finally takes us inside the EV ute, but it only focuses on a single piece of switchgear.

Henrik Fisker on Monday teased yet another feature of his forthcoming battery-electric crossover. The teaser, which came from Fisker's Twitter account, shows what appears to be part of the overhead switchgear inside the vehicle. There are the usual buttons for map lights, in addition to a toggle between the two that shows a typical sunroof control.

But Fisker is Fisker, and true to form, it appears that the toggle in question isn't for a typical sunroof at all. In his tweet, Fisker referred to it as a "California package!" He claims it can open all the way up without requiring a soft top, which the designer believes is a first for an SUV.

It's likely similar to the retractable roof on the new Jeep Wrangler, which can fully retract with the push of a button, offering an experience similar to removing hard roof panels by hand. But the Wrangler does it with fabric, whereas Fisker's SUV appears to do it with a regular ol' hard roof. By the looks of the button in question, it probably won't turn the vehicle into a proper convertible, but nevertheless it will be interesting to see how those hard panels contort to offer all that sunshine.

Fisker aims to get his electric SUV in buyers' hands in 2021, although a drivable prototype is believed to debut later this year. The designer claims the car will start under $40,000, with an electric range of about 300 miles. It'll have a solar roof, although it's unclear if this option will be available in conjunction with the roof mentioned here, because the solar-roof teaser shows what appears to be a norma ol' sunroof. Fisker also claims that the car's interior will make use of recycled materials for extra green cred. We should hopefully know more within a few months.

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Here's a shot of the front end from late in July, in case you missed it.

Henrik Fisker via Twitter

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

Fisker teases electric SUV's front end, promises recycled materials inside

Posted by Fisker Inc on Jul 25, 2019 11:27:22 AM

Henrik Fisker maintains the car's starting price will be below $40,000.

Road/Show by CNET article by ANDREW KROK

Henrik Fisker via Twitter

Henrik Fisker has taken the slow-burn approach to introducing his new electric SUV. We've seen a series of design teasers, most of which have come directly from the famed car designer's Twitter account, and what do you know, that's where the latest teaser has come from, too.

Henrik Fisker on Saturday posted a new picture of his upcoming EV SUV's front end to his Twitter account. While we've seen this part of the car in teasers before, they were limited to design mockups. This, however, appears to be its production-ready form. It's not much different from the previews, with some interesting angles on the hood and lower bumper. There's also a trick daytime running light design from LEDs in both the headlights and the bumper.

In addition to the picture, Fisker said in the tweet that his company hopes to make "the world's most sustainable vehicle." In addition to a starting price below $40,000, Fisker claims that the interior is mighty spacious and makes use of recycled materials. In a reply to a different person's tweet, Fisker said he's keeping the interior a secret until its proper unveiling, which is scheduled for later this year.

Thus far, we still don't know much about Fisker's new EV. We know there will be a turn signal in the D-pillar, as well as a solar roof, and based on the few teasers we've seen, it's clear that the SUV will rock a shape that's at least a little bit blocky. It's believed to have a range north of 300 miles, but any mention of range should wait until the EPA or WLTP has the chance to test it. Fisker hopes to have the car on sale in 2021. 

Henrik Fisker via Twitter

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

Fisker teases solar roof for upcoming electric SUV

Posted by Fisker Inc on Jul 1, 2019 1:35:08 PM

Road/Show by CNET article by ANDREW KROK

The Fisker Karma had a solar panel in the roof, too, so this shouldn't come as a surprise.


I have to imagine those lines on the roof are just stylistic renderings.
Henrik Fisker via Twitter

Henrik Fisker, and the automotive manufacturer that bore his name, was one of the first to implement solar panels across the length of a car's roof. While the Fisker Karma might be dead, gone and subsequently revived under a new name now, Fisker himself has started a new venture and, what do you know, this new car will have a solar roof, too.

Henrik Fisker took to social media on Wednesday to promote a new teaser for his company's upcoming electric SUV. This new teaser shows a little bit more of the crossover's back end, but more importantly, it shows that this new car will have a solar roof running the length of the vehicle. The car appears to also have a sunroof, so it's unclear how that will all be implemented together, but until the car shows up in the real world, we'll have to take Fisker's word for it.

Last week, we got a different view of the Fisker SUV's tuchus. Fisker tweeted out an image of the car's roof and D-pillar, with a clever integrated turn signal mounted high above the taillight. Fisker says it will improve safety, but it's unclear what benefits are offered by changing the turn signal's location. Previous teasers have shown off the front end from various angles, and it's a beefy looking thing, that's for sure.

Fisker has promised that a drivable prototype will be ready by the end of the year. So far, all we know is that the company aims to have a range in excess of 300 miles, yet its starting price will stay under the $40,000 mark. Sales are expected to take place in the second half of 2021, so there's likely some time before we see the actual production version of this still-unnamed utility vehicle.

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

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

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.”

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