Will Tesla Have some Competition Soon?
The Fisker EMotion is Coming Soon
When talking about electric vehicles (EVs), probably the first brand that comes to mind for a lot of people is Tesla. And it isn’t hard to understand why.
To begin with, Tesla is headed by someone who is regarded as a visionary and one of the most influential (not to mention ambitious and outspoken) personalities of our time, Elon Musk. More importantly, however, Tesla was founded for the very purpose of producing electric vehicles to free consumers from the burden of relying on oil and all its ups and downs.
Tesla’s cars aren’t the stereotypical electric vehicles that look clumsy, awkward and slow. On the contrary, Tesla cars look very modern. Even better, Tesla currently holds the record for making the safest vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that’s the Tesla Model S. Just recently, it also received the honor of making the safest SUV as the Tesla Model X was granted a perfect 5-star rating by the NHTSA.
Of course, other car makers are also scrambling to join in the race to make their own EVs. And while it can’t be denied that Tesla is presently leading this race, especially with their upcoming Model 3, there’s a new kid on the block, so to speak, and the buzz about it is getting louder.
Who is Tesla’s latest competition?
The company’s name is Fisker and the hype is all about its upcoming all-electric Fisker EMotion car. We say hype because a number of ambitious claims are being made about the car and many can’t help but be skeptical.
What are the supposed features and selling points of the Fisker EMotion car?
Fisker says the EMotion car has a top speed of 161 miles per hour, a range of 400 miles, and a battery that can be powered up in as little as 9 minutes. It’s equipped with a front-facing LIDAR sensor and 360-degree cameras in its side-view mirrors. Combined, these features provide the car with a self-driving capability.
Appearance-wise, the car looks quite attractive (at least based on the image posted by company founder Henrik Fisker on Twitter) with its four butterfly doors which all open in the same way, an interior with ample legroom, and an all-around sleek look comparable with EVs and luxury sedans from other car brands.
What’s the skepticism all about?
Mainly the battery and its claim of having a 400-mile range. Although actually, there probably wouldn’t be this kind of discussion if Fisker decided to stick with the reported graphene-based supercapacitors they were supposed to use for their battery. Graphene, being the wonder-material that it is, would have been a believable component that could allow supercapacitors to achieve such impressive mileage and fast-charging capability.
But then, Fisker decides to ditch what would have been a revolutionary battery for a traditional lithium-ion pack. And because even what could be considered as the most powerful li-ion battery cells right now cannot provide a 400-mile range yet, that promised range is looking kind of questionable. Still, maybe there might be a surprise coming, and questioning Fisker’s claims might turn out to be unwarranted.
In any case, it will take some time before we’ll know for sure if Fisker can deliver on their promises as production of the EMotion will not begin until 2019.
Fisker EMotion is scheduled for international launching on August 17. Pre-orders will be accepted beginning June 30 at a starting price of $129,900.
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