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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

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 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, Autonomous Vehicles, Sustainability, ORBIT Electric Shuttle, Innovation, Future