Published on April 10th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Fisker Unveils Atlantic — Extended-Range EV

April 10th, 2012 by  


The night before the New York Auto Show last week, Fisker Automotive unveiled a luxury four-door sporting sedan prototype — the Atlantic. The Atlantic is plug-in series hybrid vehicle using electric vehicle with extended range (EVer) technology. The new model is “aimed at young families who want to drive an impactful, high-end vehicle while making a positive statement about responsibilities — both in terms of their commitment to sustainability and the practicalities of everyday life.” It is smaller than its well-known Karma, and thus more fuel-efficient and cheaper as well. The car is reportedly 90% developed, but no release date has been announced.

Here are more details on the vehicle from Fisker:

Like the Karma sedan, the Fisker Atlantic is a plug-in series hybrid vehicle that allows drivers to switch manually or automatically between electric and gasoline driving modes and sustain the charge of its lithium ion batteries on the move.

Its four-cylinder gasoline engine, which acts as a generator and is not mechanically connected to the wheels, is tuned to offer maximum economy and high torque. This Atlantic EVer powertrain will offer highly competitive performance for a car in its class. The standard powertrain will be configured for rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive version will be offered as an option.

The Atlantic design prototype’s glass roof shows off a ridged ‘spider’ structure. This incredibly strong construction also allows the Atlantic to offer a remarkable amount of rear headroom for a car with its sleek, coupe-like stance. This high-tech approach fulfills and surpasses all current and future rollover safety and crash-test requirements worldwide. The Fisker Atlantic’s long wheelbase also affords extra legroom for rear passengers and more space in the trunk.

The unique, exciting styling of the Atlantic retains and progresses Fisker’s signature design DNA. Henrik Fisker and his design team set out to create the most beautiful and dramatic vehicle in its class. Much of the design was inspired by nature, for example, the dynamic side theme, with strong sculptural lines that optically cross the center and over the rear wheels of the car. This gives a sense of power – replicating the stance of a wild tiger ready to pounce.

Further important design details to note include an evolution of the Fisker Karma signature grille, with a wider sculptured line defining the power dome on the hood. Strong creases emerge from the inside of the headlamps and continue back over the hood to elongate the car. The sharp headlights themselves give an ‘eagle eye’ with a strength of strong character not seen on a production car before. These touches allow the Atlantic to create a greater rear-view mirror presence than any other vehicle in its class.

Additionally, the rear door handles have been elegantly integrated in the rear C-pillars, to continue the sense and look of a sporting coupe without losing the practicality of a four-door sedan. The extremely slim LED tail lamps use the latest technology allowing them to split into two parts to offer a wider aperture for the trunk opening. The rear end of the car is clean and aerodynamically shaped, with a sharp spoiler lip on the trunk that runs down over the side of the car to enhance aerodynamic performance.

Overall, the Fisker Atlantic’s dimensions are comparable to those of an Audi A5. It has been engineered inside and out to offer a dynamic yet compact feel on the road.

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  • Stan

    5-10%? That just won’t work well enough to justify a devive that deals with the hottest part on a vehicle other than the exhaust valve, except THIS is not just a part, it’s a mechanism.
    Once a car is moving at a cruising speed…..say 35 in the city, and 65 on the highway, it only needs a small fraction of the engines power. But in an electric car, that isn’t the way it works. A 150KW motor….. 150,000 watts….is the equivalent of running 150 microwave ovens at once…..the equivalent of about 600 typical solar panels of most brands (it would take 6 panels, on a day long average output to run 1 1000w microwave oven (6x240x.80
    A catalytic converter, when combined with the rest of the expelled BTUs in a gallon of fossile fuel or bio diesel, is finite….but extremely high. The energy conversion in heat transfer solids simply cannot move enough heat thru it’s mass because it is not efficient enough to absorb and emit that energy at a rate which would allow for an efficient conversion of thermal energy into mechanical/kinetic energy…if it could, metals wouldn’t melt…they would just expel all the heat and stay a solid. They convert to a liquid to accomodate the need to expell more energy that they can in their solid state.
    The answer to thermal transfer is highly heat reactive liquids… a tech version of a steam engine. As you know, ethelylene glycol (antifreeze) is capable of transfering more latent heat than water, that’s why we use it to get rid of engine heat thru the radiator.
    The combination of the cooling system’s heat, the catalytic converter’s hear, and the exhaust manifold’s heat, can drive a tech version of a steam engine to over 5 times the power of this device they’re talking about.

  • Guest

    What’s the range?

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