Originally published on Gas2.
Henrik Fisker has taken the wraps off of the new Fisker EMotion electric sedan he says will compete head to head with the Tesla Model S. Fisker made his reputation as an automotive designer and the new car is certainly easy on the eyes. He claims it can go 400 miles on a full battery charge and then recharge in just 9 minutes. Fisker originally promised to reveal the car in August but moved the date forward by two months.
Graphene-infused supercapacitors developed by a team of researchers at UCLA are credited with making fast recharging times possible. “Graphene shows a higher electron mobility, meaning that electrons can move faster through it. This will charge a battery much faster,” says Lucia Gauchia, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and energy storage systems at Michigan Technological University. “Graphene is also lighter and it can present a higher active surface, so that more charge can be stored.”
Jack Kavanaugh, formerly with Nanotech Energy, has now partnered with Henrik Fisker to form Fisker Nanotech. “The challenge with using graphene in a supercapacitor in the past has been that you don’t have the same density and ability to store as much energy,” Kavanaugh says. “We have solved that issue with technology we are working on. Altering the structure of the graphene has allowed them to improve the supercapacitor’s energy density.”
Top speed of the Fisker EMotion is claimed to be 161 miles per hour. Both the top speed and the range exceed the capabilities of the Tesla Model S, but Fisker does not have nearly the brand recognition that Tesla enjoys. After his first venture into electric cars ended in bankruptcy, he may find his cars are tinged with hint of negativity, at least at first.
Fisker says the EMotion will have world-leading connectivity and autonomous-driving capability, although few details have been released at this point. It seems unlikely those features will be available when the first cars are produced. Fisker has also not released prices for the EMotion or mentioned anything about availability.